And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?

Author: Lawrence Weschler

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374714940

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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The untold story of Dr. Oliver Sacks, his own most singular patient "[An] engrossing biographical memoir. This is Sacks at full blast: on endless ward rounds, observing his post-encephalitic patients . . . exulting over horseshoe crabs and chunks of Iceland spar." —Barbara Kiser, Nature The author Lawrence Weschler began spending time with Oliver Sacks in the early 1980s, when he set out to profile the neurologist for his own new employer, The New Yorker. Almost a decade earlier, Dr. Sacks had published his masterpiece Awakenings—the account of his long-dormant patients’ miraculous but troubling return to life in a Bronx hospital ward. But the book had hardly been an immediate success, and the rumpled clinician was still largely unknown. Over the ensuing four years, the two men worked closely together until, for wracking personal reasons, Sacks asked Weschler to abandon the profile, a request to which Weschler acceded. The two remained close friends, however, across the next thirty years and then, just as Sacks was dying, he urged Weschler to take up the project once again. This book is the result of that entreaty. Weschler sets Sacks’s brilliant table talk and extravagant personality in vivid relief, casting himself as a beanpole Sancho to Sacks’s capacious Quixote. We see Sacks rowing and ranting and caring deeply; composing the essays that would form The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat; recalling his turbulent drug-fueled younger days; helping his patients and exhausting his friends; and waging intellectual war against a medical and scientific establishment that failed to address his greatest concern: the spontaneous specificity of the individual human soul. And all the while he is pouring out a stream of glorious, ribald, hilarious, and often profound conversation that establishes him as one of the great talkers of the age. Here is the definitive portrait of Sacks as our preeminent romantic scientist, a self-described “clinical ontologist” whose entire practice revolved around the single fundamental question he effectively asked each of his patients: How are you? Which is to say, How do you be? A question which Weschler, with this book, turns back on the good doctor himself.

Neurocinema—The Sequel

Author: Eelco F. M. Wijdicks

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 100054916X

Category: Medical

Page: 257

View: 2704

The history of neurology as seen through the lens of the filmmaker is fascinating and extraordinary. Neurocinema-The Sequel is a review of the history of neurology as seen in film, starting with the early days of cinema and concluding with contemporary films now available in theaters and on streaming sites. The major themes of this book encompass how neurology has been represented in the history of cinema and how neurologic topics emerged and then disappeared, with some staging a comeback in more recent films. 180 films are assessed and rated, and many of these are exemplary depictions of neurological disorders. The author examines whether film, from a neurologic perspective, can provide insight and even debate. Each of the films discussed in this book demands serious attention by those who see and manage neurologic patients and support their families. Neurocinema - The Sequel chronicles this archive of neurologic representation, drawing readers in a rich collection of cinematic wonders of permanent cultural and historical value.


Author: Danielle Spencer

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0197510760

Category: Medical

Page: 392

View: 8687

Bridging memoir with key concepts in narratology, philosophy and history of medicine, and disability studies, this book identifies and names the phenomenon of metagnosis: the experience of learning in adulthood of a longstanding condition. It can occur when the condition has remained undetected (e.g. colorblindness) and/or when the diagnostic categories themselves have shifted (e.g. ADHD). More broadly, it can occur with unexpected revelations bearing upon selfhood, such as surprising genetic test results. Though this phenomenon has received relatively scant attention, learning of an unknown condition is often a significant and bewildering revelation, one that subverts narrative expectations and customary categories. How do we understand these revelations? In addressing this topic Danielle Spencer approaches narrative medicine as a robust research methodology comprising interdisciplinarity, narrative attentiveness, and the creation of writerly texts. Beginning with Spencer's own experience, the book explores the issues raised by metagnosis, from communicability to narrative intelligibility to different ways of seeing. Next, it traces the distinctive metagnostic narrative arc through the stages of recognition, subversion, and renegotiation, discussing this trajectory in light of a range of metagnostic experiences-from Blade Runner to real-world mid-life diagnoses. Finally, it situates metagnosis in relation to genetic revelations and the broader discourses concerning identity. Spencer proposes that better understanding metagnosis will not simply aid those directly affected, but will serve as a bellwether for how we will all navigate advancing biomedical and genomic knowledge, and how we may fruitfully interrogate the very notion of identity.

Robert Irwin Getty Garden

Author: Lawrence Weschler

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 1606066579

Category: Art

Page: 144

View: 496

A beautifully illustrated, accessible volume about one of the Getty Center’s best-loved sites. Among the most beloved sites at the Getty Center, the Central Garden has aroused intense interest from the moment artist Robert Irwin was awarded the commission. First published in 2002, Robert Irwin Getty Garden is comprised of a series of discussions between noted author Lawrence Weschler and Irwin, providing a lively account of what Irwin has playfully termed “a sculpture in the form of a garden aspiring to be art.” The text revolves around four garden walks: extended conversations in which the artist explains the critical choices he made—from plant materials to steel—in the creation of a living work of art that has helped to redefine what a modern garden can and should be. This updated edition features new photography of the Central Garden in a smaller, more accessible format.


Author: David Niven, Ph.D.

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 9781401927967

Category: Self-Help

Page: 366

View: 4815

Insufficient healthcare coverage, a weakened economy, the fragile environment—most people would be hard pressed to find even one example of how things are better today than they were yesterday. How about one for each day of the year? In his engaging and informative new book, Up!, David Niven, the best-selling author of the 100 Simple Secrets series (more than a million copies sold in the U.S. alone), gives us 365 examples of how life is better now than ever before. We think we’re running out of time—but we actually live twice as long as our great-grandparents did. We think our culture is in decline—but worldwide IQ scores are higher today than ever before. We think life keeps getting harder—but the percentage of people who feel happy is growing every year. Well researched and full of insight, Up! not only proves that life today is a vast improvement from the past but also that it continues to get better with each passing day. For those who need convincing or for those who need reminding, Up! is a great resource for appreciating how far we’ve come and realizing that, in all ways, things are truly looking Up!

Forever Young

Author: United States,United States. Congress. Senate. Special Committee on Aging

Publisher: N.A


Category: Government publications

Page: 118

View: 5357

The First Born

Author: William Arket


ISBN: 1594573026

Category: History

Page: 466

View: 6706

First Born tells the story of Frank Arket, an average guy who becomes an American hero as he struggles to escape from the steel mills of Pennsylvania and embarks upon a career in the U.S. Army and military intelligence. Born to a pair of star-crossed teenage lovers, Frank struggles to survive a childhood marred by the tragic deaths of both his parents. He desperately wants to escape from the grind and filth of his hometown, marry the girl of his dreams, and live happily ever after. However, a family curse declares all first born Arket children will suffer horrible fates. Frank is drafted into the Army shortly before America enters World War II. He travels to Europe with the Army's 63rd Division and later becomes involved in military intelligence. During the day, he protects presidents and powerful Army secrets. At night, he returns home to his family and "normal life," the curse ever present in his mind.

Tourette's Syndrome

Author: N.A

Publisher: Lichtenstein Creative Media

ISBN: 1933644087


Page: N.A

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No Trick or Treats

Author: Helena C. Farrell

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1665504455

Category: Fiction

Page: 468

View: 7659

No Trick or Treats is a coming-of-age, multigenerational narrative about family traditions, loyalty, secrets, mystery, revelations and love. Through the lens of a young impressionable girl Elena Rose the book evolves. Elena is on a life-long journey of discovery and resolution. This complex girl experiences intense flashbacks. Elena Rose enhances family traditions through loyalty and love. The varied and interesting characters in this unique story will elicit fascinating and intriguing emotions. In this unique novel, Elena journeys from her teens through adulthood. She harbors a dark secret for years. Adding suspense and intrigue, a parallel storyline emerges about a New England family commencing from the Civil War to the end of the nineteenth century. These two families intersect in a profound way. The narrative is viewed through Elena's vivid imagination. As she searches for truth and love, she learns to accept losses on this extensive journey of discovery and justice. The story begins in Elena's teenage years in Jersey City, New Jersey and follows her through the hustling town of Chicago, to glamorous Hollywood, California and sedate Walpole, NH. In Chicago she meets people who inform her life. In Hollywood, Elena transforms from a naive girl to an impressionable young woman. Later, in rural Walpole, New Hampshire she addresses previous taxing life's challenges. Throughout the novel, historical references from years past enrich the narrative. Elena's extraordinary life is colored by fears, tears, laughter, and life's lessons. You will be drawn in as you observe her grow from an innocent and insecure young girl to an enlightened and fully developed woman of substance. Elena's extraordinary journey will scare you with Tricks and delight you with Treats.

Circus of Dreams

Author: John Walsh

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472133463

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 3840

Something extraordinary happened to the UK literary scene in the 1980s. In the space of eight years, a generation of young British writers took the literary novel into new realms of setting, subject matter and style, challenging - and almost eclipsing - the Establishment writers of the 1950s. It began with two names - Martin Amis and Ian McEwan - and became a flood: Julian Barnes, William Boyd, Graham Swift, Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson and Pat Barker among them. The rise of the newcomers coincided with astonishing changes in the way books were published - and the ways in which readers bought them and interacted with their authors. Suddenly, authors of serious fiction were like rock stars, fashionable, sexy creatures, shrewdly marketed and feted in public. The yearly bunfight of the Booker Prize became a matter of keen public interest. Tim Waterstone established the first of a chain of revolutionary bookshops. London publishing houses became the playground of exciting, visionary entrepreneurs who introduced new forms of fiction - magical realist, feminist, post-colonial, gay - to modern readers. Independent houses began to spend ostentatious sums on author advances and glamorous book launches. It was nothing short of a watershed in literary culture. And its climax was the issuing of a death sentence by a fundamentalist leader whose hostility to Western ideas of free speech made him, literally, the world's most lethal critic. Through this exciting, hectic period, the journalist and author John Walsh played many parts: literary editor, reviewer, interviewer, prize judge and TV pundit. He met and interviewed numerous literary stars, attended the best launch parties and digested all the gossip and scandal of the time. In Circus of Dreams he reports on what he found, first with wide-eyed delight and then with a keen eye on what drove this glorious era. The result is a unique hybrid of personal memoir, oral history, literary investigation and elegy for a golden age.