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I’m currently reading the classic Oliver Sacks book, An Anthropologist on Mars. Oliver Sacks is one of the most prolific writers in the field of neurology; he has documented a variety of rare and unusual neurological disorders, and the manner in which they affect his patients’ daily lives. I particularly like the human touch he gives to these stories, because he doesn’t objectify these patients as merely neurological disorders; he humanizes each subject and really exposes all the nuances of his/her conditions. Rather than viewing these conditions as limitations, he particularly focuses on the compensating abilities and talents that these individuals develop over the course of their lives in order to deal with their circumstances. His subjects include a color-blind artist, a high-functioning autistic woman, and an amnesiac hippie who still believes he’s living in the 1960’s counter-culture. Highly recommended reading!

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