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on 19 March 2014
In this book, Sacks explores 'the unexplored territory of the brain.' Following case studies, we encounter people who suddenly lost the ability to read (but not to write). I was interested in the chapter on prosopagnosia (inability to recognise faces) from which I suffer somewhat myself.
But most intriguing for me was Sacks' account of his loss of vision in the centre of one eye following cancer treatment, leaving him initially with 'a huge black opacity partly obscuring central vision....facing my reflection I could not see my own head with my right eye - only my shoulders and the bottom of my beard.' Yet sometime later the brain had taught itself to compensate, filling in the black scotoma with the colour of the surroundings. 'The blind spot , so called, does not just fill in colour, it fills in patterns too', Sacks goes on to explain... Quite amazing!
Clear and accessible writing for the layperson.