The Island of the Colour-blind

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Picador, 1996 - Chamorro (Micronesian people) - 345 pages
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The author describes two journeys to Micronesia. In one, he investigates hereditary total colour blindness on the islands of Pingelap and Pohnpei and in the second, he studies a progressive neuro-degenerative disorder in Guam and Rota. Also provides information about the culture, history, flora and fauna of the islands he visits. Includes references, a bibliography and an index. The author is clinical professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. His other works include 'An Anthropologist on Mars' and 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat'.

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Oliver Wolf Sacks is a neurologist and writer. He was born in London, England on July 9, 1933. Sacks earned his medical degree at 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, Sacks became a clinical neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor and Beth Abraham Hospital. He also worked with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Sacks' 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. Sacks was also elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He also wrote Mind's Eye which made The NewYork Times Bestseller list for 2010.

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