I’ve been devouring a lot of books by Dr. Oliver Sacks lately. Okay, maybe not devouring, but rather nibbling at a fairly steady pace. My gateway book was “The Mind’s Eye.” I heard about it from some professors and fellow students in my program and decided to check it out. Dr. Oliver Sacks has now become my favourite, non-fiction writer…and all round individual (please make some room Sir David Attenborough).
In “The Mind’s Eye,” Dr. Sacks invites us into the world of people who have lost their sense of sight, their sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to recognize faces or the ability to read. He shares the experiences of people who face an extreme change in their life after a loss due to a stroke or a neurological disorder, as well as those who may not have been born with a specific ability but then acquires it through a neurological change. How does one recognize a friend when they cannot recognize a face? If one has lost an ability that they have relied on all their life, how do they compensate? How do they adapt?
This book does not deal with the devastation of loss, but of the creativity, tenacity and adaptability of the human spirit. It shares the experiences of others to help us understand experiences outside of ourselves.
Please beg, borrow or barter to get your hands on this book to read.
Dr. Oliver Sacks was a practicing physician and was also a professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.
(Note: This is an older post from May 2014 that I’m posting again.)