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The Mind’s Eye

Living and excelling with impaired perceptions

Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author of The Mind's Eye. — Photo by: Jurgen Frank

What would you do if you lost the ability to speak? How would you survive if one of your five senses stopped functioning properly? For instance, if you lost all depth perception or the ability to recognize faces or shapes would you feel crippled?

See also: Read an excerpt from The Mind’s Eye.

Acclaimed neurosurgeon, Dr. Oliver Sacks, has been there, he lost his sense of depth perception, but not his way of living. According to Sacks, people whose senses function differently don’t miss out on life they just have to overcome great challenges to adapt to a new way of being in the world.  In The Mind’s Eye, Dr. Sacks discusses how people are able to survive, communicate, and excel in life despite having lost what most of us consider indispensable perceptions and senses.

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