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Imagine living in a world where everyone was a flower instead of a human being. Now, imagine that the psychiatrist calls in his first patient: a lily. You really are much too small!
I once interviewed an autistic programmer who said she could detect flaws in software at a glance by spotting irregularities in coding patterns. She said she could help remote clients debug programs she hadn't seen in years by displaying a "printout" of the source code in her mind. These women have severe limitations stemming from the neurological disorder known as autism, but they also have certain mental abilities that far exceed those of most other people.
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The result is as rich, vivid and compelling as any collection of short fictional stories' Independent on Sunday As with his previous bestseller, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, 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. The works of neurologist Oliver Sacks have a special place in the swarm of mind-brain studies.
To these seven narratives of neurological disorder Dr. Sacks brings the same humanity, poetic observation, and infectious sense of wonder that are apparent in his bestsellers Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. These men, women, and one extraordinary child emerge as brilliantly adaptive personalities, whose conditions have not so much debilitated them as ushered them into another reality.
Verified by Psychology Today. Darwin's Subterranean World. This said, as a behavioral scientist, I think it may actually be very useful to think like an anthropologist from Mars.
This book is part of a new 6-book cover-collage design. Neurological patients, Oliver Sacks has written, are travellers to unimaginable lands. These are paradoxical tales, for neurological disease can conduct one to other modes of being that—however abnormal they may be to our way of thinking—may develop virtues and beauties of their own. The exploration of these individual lives is not one that can be made in a consulting room or office, and Dr.