An Anthropologist on Mars by Dr. Oliver Sacks

November 8, 2011
By Anonymous

In "An Anthropologist on Mars", Dr. Oliver Sacks takes the reader through a series of cases he has had during his career as a neurologist. Some of these including, a brain tumor patient whose only way of communication was through music and a color-blind painter, who learns to deal with his disability and still create art. Although the text deals with a plethora of scientific terms, I think that Dr. Sacks does an incredible job of "dumbing" the science down enough that a person with no previous knowledge can understand the story. The stories are told from the point of view of Dr. Sacks, and because of this, the reader only sees some of the events through the victim's eyes. Altogether, Dr. Sacks keeps the reader interested throughout the book while still informing about the complex situation that is the human body.


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