Diario de Oaxaca

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National Geographic Books, Apr 17, 2007 - Travel - 159 pages
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Famoso por su capacidad de observacion, Oliver Sacks entrelaza aqui con briosa inteligencia las coloridas hebras de la biologia, la historia y la cultura para tejer un fascinante tapiz de Mexico y de un grupo de buscadores de helechos unidos por una pasion comun. En este extraordinario rincon de Mexico se reune un grupo variado de botanicos, profesionales y aficionados, erudicos que desconocen la pedanteria, con una perspectiva diferente y originales percepciones. Y que esplendida variedad tiene esta parte del mundo! Mientras en Nueva Inglaterra hay unas cien variedades de helechos, en Oaxaca hay casi setecientas. En los mercados de los pueblos se venden por lo menos dos docenas de distintas clases de chiles, desde la que tiene un ligero sabor picante hasta la que es capaz de causar alucinaciones. Es Oaxaca tambien un paraiso de aves y el sueno del arqueologo (abundan las ruinas antiguas que se hacen eco de leyendas precolombinas). Y es aqui donde el Nuevo Mundo hizo al Viejo el delicioso regalo del chocolate, en otro tiempo reservado, bajo pena de muerte, a la realeza azteca. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

Prefacio
13
Sábado
34
Domingo
50
Lunes
77
Martes
87
Miércoles
95
Jueves
108
Viernes
126
Sábado
138
Domingo
155
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Oliver Sacks was born in London, England on July 9, 1933. He received a medical degree from Queen's College, Oxford University and performed his internship at Middlesex Hospital in London and Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. He completed his residency at UCLA. In 1965, he became a clinical neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor and Beth Abraham Hospital. His work in a Bronx charity hospital led him to write the book Awakenings in 1973. The book inspired a play by Harold Pinter and became a film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. His other works included An Anthropologist on Mars, The Mind's Eye, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Uncle Tungsten, Musicophilia, A Leg to Stand On, On the Move: A Life, and Gratitude. In 2007, he ended his 42-year relationship with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine to accept an interdisciplinary teaching position at Columbia. In 2012, he returned to the New York University School of Medicine as a professor of neurology. He died of cancer on August 30, 2015 at the age of 82.

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