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Presents a memoir from Oliver Sacks, which is both a departure from and an enhancement of his previous psychologically orientated 'medical' writing. Providing an account of an English childhood seasoned by a childish passion for science, it also gives an insight into the mind and background of one of the finest and most accessible scientist.
Oliver Sacks was born in London in 1933 and educated at Queen's College, Oxford, and the Middlesex Hospital, prior to further work and training in the US. Following a period of research in neurochemistry and neuropathology he returned to clinical work, interesting himself particularly in migraine and the care of post-encephalitic patients (as described in Awakenings). He is the author of A Leg to Stand On. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Seeing Voices, Migraine, An Anthropologist on Mars, Neurology of the Soul and The Island of the Colourblind.
Winner of Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize for Non-fiction 2002. Short-listed for Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize: Non-fiction 2002.