The Resource The island of the colorblind ; : and, Cycad island, by Oliver Sacks

The island of the colorblind ; : and, Cycad island, by Oliver Sacks

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The island of the colorblind ; : and, Cycad island
Title
The island of the colorblind ;
Title remainder
and, Cycad island
Statement of responsibility
by Oliver Sacks
Title variation
Island of the colorblind ; and Cycad island
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands - their remoteness, their mystery, above all the unique forms of life they harbor. For him, islands conjure up equally the romance of Melville and Stevenson, the adventure of Magellan and Cook, and the scientific wonder of Darwin and Wallace. Drawn to the tiny Pacific atoll of Pingelap by intriguing reports of an isolated community of islanders born totally colorblind, Sacks finds himself setting up a clinic in a one-room island dispensary, where he listens to these achromatopic islanders describe their colorless world in rich terms of pattern and tone, luminance and shadow. And on Guam, where he goes to investigate the puzzling neurodegenerative paralysis endemic there for a century, he becomes, for a brief time, an island neurologist, making house calls with his colleague John Steele, amid crowing cockerels, cycad jungles, and the remains of a colonial culture. The islands reawaken Sacks' lifelong passion for botany - in particular, for the primitive cycad trees, whose existence dates back to the Paleozoic - and the cycads are the starting point for an intensely personal reflection on the meaning of islands, the dissemination of species, the genesis of disease, and the nature of deep geologic time. Out of an unexpected journey, Sacks has woven an unforgettable narrative which immerses us in the romance of island life, and shares his own compelling vision of the complexities of being human
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1933-2015
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sacks, Oliver
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
RE921
LC item number
.S23 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1997 B-628
  • WZ 100
NLM item number
S1216 1997
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Sacks, Oliver W
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  • Sacks, Oliver W
  • Sacks, Oliver
  • Sacks, Oliver
  • Color blindness
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Dementia
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Chamorro (Micronesian people)
  • Pingelap (Micronesian people)
  • Cycads
  • Medical anthropology
  • Physicians
  • Travel
  • Achromatopsie
  • Nerveux, Système
  • Paralysie
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Chamorro (Micronesian people)
  • Color blindness
  • Cycads
  • Dementia
  • Medical anthropology
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Pingelap (Micronesian people)
  • Travel
  • Neurobiologie
  • Kleurenblindheid
  • Farbenblindheit
  • Bevölkerung
  • Endemie
  • Geomedizin
  • Demenz
  • Palmfarngewächse
  • Postencephalitis
  • Micronesia
  • Caroline Islands
  • Guam
  • Micronesia
  • Ponape
  • Guam
  • Marshallinseln
  • Karolinen
Label
The island of the colorblind ; : and, Cycad island, by Oliver Sacks
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Only 1 map in body; others on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [271]-280) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Book one, The island of the colour-blind -- Book two, Cycad Island
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xv, 298 pages
Isbn
9780679451143
Lccn
96034252
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35235302
  • (OCoLC)ocm35235302
Label
The island of the colorblind ; : and, Cycad island, by Oliver Sacks
Publication
Note
Only 1 map in body; others on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [271]-280) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Book one, The island of the colour-blind -- Book two, Cycad Island
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xv, 298 pages
Isbn
9780679451143
Lccn
96034252
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35235302
  • (OCoLC)ocm35235302

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