Several neurological mysteries of the human brain get treated with a compassionate, highly fascinating, and very readable touch. Dr. Sacks describes a number of different cases wherein a patient loses a critical function of their mind. One woman, when her hands are placed behind her back... well, you need to read about this for yourself. What I love is that Oliver Sacks is a terrific writer, so his work in the hospital becomes a literary treat for me. Plus, his patients become lovable and uniquely human.
A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.
Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, bestselling author Stewart provides an account of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.