Island of the Colour-blind

Island of the Colour-blind

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By (author) Oliver Sacks

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 27mm | 314g
  • Publication date: 5 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330526103
  • ISBN 13: 9780330526104
  • Edition statement: New edition.
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 24,680

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'Sacks is rightly renowned for his empathy ...anyone with a taste for the exotic will find this beautifully written book highly engaging' Sunday Times Always fascinated by islands, Oliver Sacks is drawn to the Pacific by reports of the tiny atoll of Pingelap, with its isolated community of islanders born totally colour-blind; and to Guam, where he investigates a puzzling paralysis endemic there for a century. Along the way, he re-encounters the beautiful, primitive island cycad trees -- and these become the starting point for a meditation on time and evolution, disease and adaptation, and islands both real and metaphorical. 'This is a wonderful book, made better by Sacks' exceptionally gentle descriptions of patients. He also captures the unimaginable sadness of the Pacific' Spectator 'Dr Sacks is an elegant and beguiling writer, and when he describes a condition such as achromatopsia (total colour-blindness), he is not content merely to describe it from the outside, but he tries to imagine what the world is like to a person with the condition' Sunday Telegraph 'There is no one at the present time who writes like Oliver Sacks ...He is a superb clinician who can take a seemingly arid and obscure medical condition, and convert it into a moving, personal odyssey, a testament of tenacity, courage and will' Literary Review

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Oliver Sacks is a physician and the author of many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film) and Musicophilia. Born in London and educated at Oxford, he now lives in New York City, where he is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is the first, and only, Columbia University Artist, and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the British Empire. For more information, visit www.oliversacks.com