The Island of the Colorblind

And, Cycad Island

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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 th ...Continua
Ha scritto il 10/11/09
The stories in this book revolved around four islands and two medical conditions namely achromatopsia (colour blindness) and lytico-bodigo (a neurological condition).

There was a lot of description involved which isn't my cup of tea. And Olive

There was a lot of description involved which isn't my cup of tea. And Oliver Sacks has an intense liking for plants, so botany enthusiasts may want to look into this book. In particular, i gathered that Cycads were one of Oliver Sack's favourites.

I was quite bored with the description of the high incidence of achromatopsia on the island of Pingelap but i felt the pace picked up when it came to lytico-bodigo on the island of Guam. The medical findings regarding this condition were fascinating and this is when i found the book slightly more bearable.

Oliver Sacks described many of the patients he saw and their clinical signs and symptoms. Perhaps it is because i have a medical background but i found this aspect to be quite interesting. And that was the only plus point in this book for me.

If you like descriptive books particularly about plants and islands, this book would probably be a joy to read. If you are interested in rare isolated genetic conditions, this book may appeal a little. Otherwise, read only when you have little else to do. ...Continua


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