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A wonderful book about seeing,
This review is from: The Mind's Eye (Hardcover)
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If you have read any other books by Oliver Sacks you will know that they are collections of fascinating and obscure medical case histories, usually linked together by a theme. In this case the theme is sight and particularly the role of the brain in vision. We meet people who have lost the ability to read words but can still write, people who have no depth of vision, people whose ability to read music comes and goes, people who cannot recognise faces and people who cannot forget them. But what sets this book apart from Sacks' other case reports (which can be a little detached and clinical) is the moving account of his own experience of ocular melanoma, a cancer of the eye. In a diary-style chapter we see how the melanoma impacts on Sacks' sensory world and how the treatment ultimately affects his vision. A compelling read.