The Mind's Eye

The Mind's Eye


By (author) Oliver W Sacks

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 263 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307473023
  • ISBN 13: 9780307473028
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 201,110

Product description

With compassion and insight, Dr. Oliver Sacks again illuminates the mysteries of the brain by introducing us to some remarkable characters, including Pat, who remains a vivacious communicator despite the stroke that deprives her of speech, and Howard, a novelist who loses the ability to read. Sacks investigates those who can see perfectly well but are unable to recognize faces, even those of their own children. He describes totally blind people who navigate by touch and smell; and others who, ironically, become hyper-visual. Finally, he recounts his own battle with an eye tumor and the strange visual symptoms it caused. As he has done in classics like "The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat" and "Awakenings," Dr. Sacks shows us that medicine is both an art and a science, and that our ability to imagine what it is to see with another person's mind is what makes us truly human.

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Author information

Oliver Sacks is a practicing physician and the author of ten books, including "Musicophilia," "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," and "Awakenings" (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film). He lives in New York City, where he is a professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the first Columbia University Artist.

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"An absorbing attempt to unravel the complexities of the human mind." -"Kirkus" "A master storyteller with a very engaging a professional who is also a patient, [Sacks] has a unique ability to explain to people what the basic problem is and what the physical effects are...he allows all of us to share this and perhaps take some understanding away with us." "Sacks has a seemingly inexhaustible talent for eloquently and humanely explaining our brains' most arcane and bizarre neurological dysfunctions." -"Time Magazine" "Riveting." -"Booklist" "Sacks has taken the patient history--the most basic tool of medicine--and turned it into art...Sacks is a literary, medical, narrative showman...It is a neat trick when the point of a book is made not by saying and not by showing, but by being." -The New York Review of Books "A new book by Oliver Sacks is always cause for rejoicing." -"Christianity Today" "Sacks knows how to go f