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An Anthropologist on Mars

Written by: Oliver Sacks
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins

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Publisher's Summary

As with his previous best seller, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, in An Anthropologist on Mars Oliver Sacks uses case studies to illustrate the myriad ways in which neurological conditions can affect our sense of self, our experience of the world and how we relate to those around us. 

Writing with his trademark blend of scientific rigour and human compassion, he describes patients such as the colour-blind painter or the surgeon with compulsive tics that disappear in the operating theatre - patients for whom disorientation and alienation but also adaptation are inescapable facts of life.

©2018 Oliver Sacks (P)2011 Audible, Inc

Critic Reviews

"An inexhaustible tourist at the farther reaches of the mind, Sacks presents, in sparse, unsentimental prose, the stories of seven of his patients. The result is as rich, vivid and compelling as any collection of short fictional stories." (Independent on Sunday)

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  • Chris
  • 02-06-19

The genius of Oliver Sacks

Case series punctuated by intimate, delicate philosophy by the literal genius of Dr Sacks. Well narrated but Mr Davis' native US American and fake Italian accents definitely break the enchantment.

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  • Jack
  • 13-02-19

A wonderful painting of atypical genius

A marvellous recount of miraculous people overcoming extraordinary challenges. Told in Sacks classic, magically descriptive style.