The Island of the Colour-blind

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Pan Macmillan Australia Pty, Limited, 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 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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