The island of the colorblind publication date 1997 an exploration of a society where total congenital colorblindness is the norm this book is also a meditation on islands and the strange neurologic malady on guam which resembles parkinsonism and alzheimers and may provide the key to these diseases. The island of the colorblind is a 1997 book by neurologist oliver sacks about achromatopsia on the micronesian atoll of pingelapit was published in the uk as the island of the colour blindthe second half of the book is devoted to the mystery of lytico bodig disease in guam external links the island of the colorblind. Pingelap atoll a micronesian island in the south pacific sometimes goes by its other name the island of the colorblind thats the moniker oliver sacks assigned the island in his 1996 book that . The island of the colorblind is filled with history and science concerning the superficially unrelated topics of neurology and botany the first part of this book focuses largely on inherited blindness among a tiny pacific population and the second part examines a strange illness afflicting the older residents of guam that in some patients . The island of the colorblind seemed like a natural next choice for me because it combines my interest in neuropsychology with my interest in island biogeography the study of the way species on islands evolve to become very specialized to the point where an extremely high percentage of the species on any given island may be endemic to that pa
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