Dr Sacks is a practicing physician and a professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Centre. In his books, he combines the stories of patients experiencing neurological anomalies in a humane and sometimes humorous way.
In The Mind’s Eye, he focuses on case studies relating to visual functioning. Topics covered include the capacity to recognise faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read and the sense of sight.
In addition to describing his patients’ experiences (and sometimes his experiences of his patients) in a warm and sensitive way, he includes neurological explanations or proposed explanations for the phenomena. This offers an opportunity for all who are interested in the functioning of the brain to learn from his knowledge and experience.
This book is one of many that he has written since The man who mistook his wife for a hat. This particular book was published in 2010.
The publishers are Picador (www.picador.com) and the book can be purchased directly from them. The writer of this review attained her copy from the Exclusive Books book shop.
Review written by Sharon Truter.