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An Anthropologist on Mars signed by Oliver Sacks first edition 1995

An Anthropologist on Mars signed by Oliver Sacks first edition 1995


London: Picador, 1995 


8vo., brick-red publisher’s boards lettered in silver to spine; pictorial dust-jacket with an illustration by Scott Garrett; pp. [vii], viii-xvi, [i], 2-319, [i]; containing numerous sketches and full-colour illustrations throughout; aside from very light creasing and a miniscule dent to the lower board, a fine copy. 


First edition, with full number line 1-9, signed and dated  by the author to the title page in green ink pen. 


A collection of seven medical case histories by the renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks. Among those studied are: 


'The Last Hippie' - concerning a man whose brain tumour means he has no memory of anything past the late 1960s. Sacks draws parallels here with the case of  Phineas Gage, the American railroad worker who survived for eleven years after an accident in which a large iron rod was driven through his head.


'A Surgeon's Life' - the subject suffers from Tourette's syndrome, and in particular a series of ticks, which disappear when he is operating. 


And the title story, which details Sacks' meeting with Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who is a world-renowned designer of humane livestock facilities and a professor at Colorado State University.

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