The Resource The island of the colorblind : and, Cycad island, by Oliver Sacks, (electronic resource ;)

The island of the colorblind : and, Cycad island, by Oliver Sacks, (electronic resource ;)

Label
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 color-blind, 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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Cataloging source
TEFOD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1933-2015
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sacks, Oliver
Dewey number
617.7/59/09966
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
RE921
LC item number
.S23 1998eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1933-2015
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Sacks, Oliver
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Color blindness
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Dementia
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Chamorro (Micronesian people)
  • Pingelap (Micronesian people)
  • Cycads
  • Medical anthropology
  • Micronesia
Label
The island of the colorblind : and, Cycad island, by Oliver Sacks, (electronic resource ;)
Link
http://sfpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=4070148C-9E8C-4538-B02E-1B85A6068D21
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally published in hardcover in somewhat different form in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, in 1996
  • "Newly revised paperback edition."
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
Vintage Books ed.
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780345805898
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
ill., maps
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)822038527
Label
The island of the colorblind : and, Cycad island, by Oliver Sacks, (electronic resource ;)
Link
http://sfpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=4070148C-9E8C-4538-B02E-1B85A6068D21
Publication
Note
  • Originally published in hardcover in somewhat different form in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, in 1996
  • "Newly revised paperback edition."
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
Vintage Books ed.
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780345805898
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
ill., maps
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)822038527

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