Author: Oliver Sacks
Rating: 4 Stars
Review By: Shana
This is a wonderful set of case studies by the late Dr. Oliver Sacks, which allow his humanity and story-telling skill to shine through.
In some of his other books, I've felt a disconnect between Sack's desire to explain the particulars of a patient's case and effort to be medically and scientifically rigorous. Here, where he has framed this collection of case studies as explorations of the humanity of seven patients with various neurological conditions, he is at his best. In books like Awakenings, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Sack's tendency to speak in metaphor and supposition got in the way. In this book, it is an advantage.
My love of reading was sparked in 3rd grade by the promise of personal pan pizzas via the BOOK IT! Program. Hmmmm... any chance that someone might give adults free food for reading? Asking for a friend...