Anthropologist on Mars Essay

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An Anthropologist On Mars Essay Assignment Oliver Sacks is a very famous doctor of neurology as well as a writer. He spent most of his adult life treating patients. Oliver Sacks mostly concentrated on disorders of the brain and nervous system. In a lot of the cases that Sacks dealt with, there was nothing he was able to do to heal the patients. His goal was to find a way to live with and accept their condition as well as possible. Sacks enjoyed dealing with cases mostly about experiences of real people struggling to live with unusual conditions. That’s where he wanted to find ways to help these patients to the best of his and medical ability out there. Throughout his cases he studied he came across patients who had different…show more content…
Sacks tried to get to know his clients by spending time with them out of his work schedule. Oliver Sacks discovers individuals by doing activities with them. He would try to study each case in each unique way. He took his patients to concerts where he was able to see how they react in different circumstance and what part of brain they were mostly using. He would note that some memory would be there for a certain amount of time and then they would go back to their own ways. For example, in the story of the “Last Hippie”, Greg would become a different person when he was around music or you talked to him about certain musicians. That was Greg’s passion and the only thing that changed and altered his mood. Although, once some time passed and music was no where around, Greg went back to his grumpy old self. He would be in his own little world. He would act very strangely around people. Greg would also make no sense when you were having a conversation with him. The people that Sacks studies are both “patients” and subjects to him I believe. In one perspective when he has a case that he studies it can be classified as a subject because he has so many cases that he studies and observes patients in. Although, on the other hand it can be classified to him as patients because he actually cares about each and every one of them and tries to hang out and spend extra time with them. Not many doctors these days show such emotions and attention as
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