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The Mind's Eye - Oliver Sacks

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In The Mind's Eye, Oliver Sacks tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and abilities : the capacity to recognise faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, the sense of sight.

For all of these people, the challenge is to adapt to a radically new way of being in the world and The Mind's Eye is testament to the myriad ways that we, as humans, are capable of rising to this challenge. The Mind's Eye is about the possibility of recovery and the inexorable decline of the ageing individual.

About the Author

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.

'Oliver Sacks is a perfect antidote to the anesthetic of familiarity. His writing turns brains and minds transparent' -- Observer

'The Mind's Eye is about the possibility of recovery and the inexorable decline of the aging individual. From this collision of incompatible truths, tragedy is made...making this Sacks' most powerful book to date' -- Sunday Telegraph

'Packed with wisdom, humour, extraordinary human stories and reflections on how we all perceive the world....He ends with a brilliant discussion of blindness and the ways in which blind people develop visual concepts. Heartily recommended.' -- Reader's Digest

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks, M.D. is a physician, a best-selling author, and a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. The New York Times has referred to him as “the poet laureate of medicine.”

He is best known for his collections of neurological case histories, including The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain and An Anthropologist on Mars. Awakenings, his book about a group of patients who had survived the great encephalitis lethargica epidemic of the early twentieth century, inspired the 1990 Academy Award-nominated feature film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams.

Dr. Sacks is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books.

Visit Oliver Sacks's Booktopia Author Page


ISBN: 9780330508902
ISBN-10: 0330508903
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 2nd September 2011
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.227
Edition Number: 1