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An Anthropologist on Mars

Seven Paradoxical Tales

An Anthropologist on Mars( )
Author: Sacks, Oliver
ISBN:978-0-394-28151-3
Publication Date:Feb 1996
Publisher:Random House of Canada
Imprint:Vintage Canada
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $19.50
Book Description:

Here are seven detailed and fascinating portraits of neurological patients, including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette's syndrome unless he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; and an autistic professor who cannot decipher the simplest social exchange between humans, but has built a career out of her intuitive understanding of animal behavior. Sacks...
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Book Details
Pages:327
Detailed Subjects: Medical / Neurology
Humor / Form / Anecdotes & Quotations
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.1 x 7.9 x 0.8 Inches
Book Weight:0.8 Pounds
Author Biography
Sacks, Oliver (Author)
Oliver Sacks was born in London, England on July 9, 1933. He received a medical degree from Queen's College, Oxford University and performed his internship at Middlesex Hospital in London and Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. He completed his residency at UCLA.

In 1965, he became a clinical neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor and Beth Abraham Hospital. His work in a Bronx charity hospital led him to write the book Awakenings in 1973. The book inspired a play by Harold Pinter and became a film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. His other works included An Anthropologist on Mars, The Mind's Eye, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Uncle Tungsten, Musicophilia, A Leg to Stand On, On the Move: A Life, and Gratitude.

In 2007, he ended his 42-year relationship with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine to accept an interdisciplinary teaching position at Columbia. In 2012, he returned to the New York University School of Medicine as a professor of neurology. He died of cancer on August 30, 2015 at the age of 82.

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