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The Island of the Colourblind

Summary ↠ The Island of the Colourblind 107 characters The Island of the Colourblind From the bestselling author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on. 1st book for 2020When I was studying psychology in the 1990s I hung out with a lot of people studying clinical neuropsychology where Sacks had a universally bad reputation great words terrible science was the people smarter than me would always say Because of this I have always sort of avoided reading him but recently just before Christmas I came across and read his book Hallucinations which I really enjoyed and decided to slowly work my way through his works enjoying them as works of writing and not getting to caught up on their scientific veracity This book describes two unrelated trips to the Pacific the first to an island with a large percentage of achromatopes people suffering a genetic mutation which leads to a lack of active cones in the retina forcing them to rely solely on their retina rods for vision Cones are responsible not only for color vision hence the title of the book but also for fine acuity and day vision our night vision is essentially mediated by the rods The second part of the book details a trip to Guam to visit a neurologist studying a mysterious endemic ALS like disease that was thought to perhaps have been caused by the ingestion of flour made by cycad seeds though this has now been discarded Both stories are relatively slight works which have the feeling of being travelog pieces that might appear in some Sunday newspaper supplement Still an enjoyable if uick read شوهر آهو خانم in the 1990s I hung out with a lot of people studying clinical neuropsychology where Sacks had a universally bad reputation great words terrible science was the people smarter than me would always say Because of this I have always sort of avoided reading him but recently just before Christmas I came across and read his book Hallucinations which I really enjoyed and decided to slowly work my way through his works enjoying them as works of writing and not getting to caught up on their scientific veracity This book describes two unrelated trips to the Pacific the first to an The New Sugar Spice island with a large percentage of achromatopes people suffering a genetic mutation which leads to a lack of active cones Harry and Hortense at Hormone High in the retina forcing them to rely solely on their retina rods for vision Cones are responsible not only for color vision hence the title of the book but also for fine acuity and day vision our night vision Tales Told in Oz The Wicked Years #05 is essentially mediated by the rods The second part of the book details a trip to Guam to visit a neurologist studying a mysterious endemic ALS like disease that was thought to perhaps have been caused by the The Dosadi Experiment ingestion of flour made by cycad seeds though this has now been discarded Both stories are relatively slight works which have the feeling of being travelog pieces that might appear Chasing Rainbows if uick read

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Summary ↠ The Island of the Colourblind 107 characters The Island of the Colourblind Mars comes a delightful inner and outer journey destined to surprise and please the devoted S. This is mainly a or less ill informed travelogue by a person interested in neurological diseases The core of the book is Sacks visit to Guam in the 1990s to check out Lytico Bodig disease an ALS like disease once endemic on this islandAlas there s not much to the book Sacks relates a bit about the research of others and his visits to patients with the disease who are under the care of Dr John C SteeleI say ill informed travelogue because his knowledge of Guam and the other islands he visits seems limited For example he relates a garbled history of the village of Sumay He doesn t seem to know that it was the site of a US Navy installation as well as the Marine Corps barracks before World War Two or that it was also the site of the Pan American hotel and other PAA facilities where the old flying boat Pan American clippers docked He seems to believe Sumay was a pristine Chamorro village in those days which it most certainly was notAlso Sacks attitude to the military seems rather silly a relic of the hippy dippy sixties and sticking it to the man mentality And he doesn t get that the coral in the waters adjacent to the Navy base are healthier because access is restricted If the Navy let all the locals and tourists in the corals would be severely degraded I can t help thinking Sacks can t be much of a scientist if he doesn t grasp that fact On top of that these days it is the US Navy that is protecting and preserving the threatened cycads that Sacks is so enad with If the Navy had left Guam all those still undeveloped areas would have been bulldozed and turned into resortscondos strip malls and golf courses just like what happened in SaipanSacks description of John Steele s personality and interactions with his Lytico Bodig patients was most interesting to me He describes Steele as highly empathetic and caring However on the Vitals website these days he is rated poor with a 10 out of a possible 40 score for what that s worth But he was also fired as the physician director of the Skilled Nursing Unit Guam Memorial Hospital s long term care facility early in 2012 after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid conducted a scathing according to press reports survey of the SNU Well whatevs I guess Sacks has come down in favor of bats eating cycad seeds and concentrating a toxin BMAA that Chamorros who ate the bats got a heavy dose of giving them the Lytico Bodig though he doesn t elaborate on that in the book Steele who has studied the disease for most of his professional career has discarded that thesis along with postulated connections with genetics minerals metals food and water The cause remains a mystery which is remarkable for a disease that at one point in the 1940s was the leading cause of death among Chamorros But now it is essentially extinct with only some elderly patients still affected no one has acuired the disease since 1951I wouldn t be surprised if the disease is just another taupathy related to abnormalities in the MAPT gene Or something But even if it is why when and where did it first appear on Guam and why has it died out I can t help thinking the population bottleneck the Chamorros suffered courtesy of the Spanish had something to do with it but what do I know Perhaps Dr Steele will write the definitive book on this disease I look forward to reading itI was hoping to learn something interesting about Lytico Bodig from Sacks book But I didn t

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Summary ↠ The Island of the Colourblind 107 characters The Island of the Colourblind Acks reader Washington Post a work rich in curiosity and compassion and intellectual adventure. Reading books by Oliver Sacks is so hit or miss This one is a miss I wanted to learn about colorblindness Instead in this book I mostly find a travelogue with some acknowledgement of the colorblind children of various Oceania islands So far what I appreciate of Sacks writingThe Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical TalesSeeing VoicesBoth these books describe what happens when when a person forgets or misunderstands their world and what they do really really understand when a deaf person gain empowerment as that person learns to communicate with sign language This book would make a good travelogue book Maybe Sacks estate might be able to re cast this information into a delightful we several doctors went to Oceania and saw the sights which included the colorblind folk

  • Paperback
  • 311
  • The Island of the Colourblind
  • Oliver Sacks
  • English
  • 21 May 2020
  • 9780375700736

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    PDF NEW [The Island of the Colourblind] 1st book for 2020When I was studying psychology in the 1990s I hung out with a lot of people studying clinical neuropsychology where Sacks had a universally bad reputation—great words terrible science—was the people smarter than me would always say Because of this I have always sort of avoided reading him but recently just before Christmas I came across and read his book Hallucinations which I really enjoy

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    PDF NEW [The Island of the Colourblind] Great book Sacks is a superb writer and his enthusiasm bubbles along at a pleasing pace You'll learn about an island where a huge percentage of the folks are born totally colour blind He also checks into a neurological disease on another island

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    characters The Island of the Colourblind Oliver Sacks ✓ 7 review PDF NEW [The Island of the Colourblind] I've loved Oliver Sacks for a long time but up until now I'd only read and re read The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars The Island of the Colorblind seemed like a natural next choice for me because it combines my interest in neuropsychology with my interest in island biogeography the stud

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    PDF NEW [The Island of the Colourblind] This is an absolutely fascinating book by Oliver Sacks Really cool dude See he goes on this trip to the Pacific and there is an island there where a huge chunk of the population is Achromatropic pure colorblindedness as in

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    Oliver Sacks ✓ 7 review PDF NEW [The Island of the Colourblind] I was about to give this one three stars because I got a bit bored in the late middle Things are less cohesive and less to the point in the fifty pages before the conclusion then I thought they needed to beThen I remembered that I read Sacks because he's a powerful anecdote teller and he makes Neurology a terrifically human and hu

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