|For the first time in Extraordinary People, the
psychiatrist who was a consultant to the movie Rain Man, collects
the most fascinating cases of Savant Syndrome both in history and modern
Dr. Treffert documents the spectacular abilities—the islands of
genius—in these remarkable persons, and describes as well the love,
determination and dedication of their equally remarkable families,
teachers and caretakers. He shares the observations of the far-reaching
implications this astonishing condition has for understanding brain
function and hidden potential in all of us.
About the Author
Dr. Darold Treffert has studied Savant Syndrome as a psychiatrist for
over 35 years and is recognized nationally and internationally as an
expert on this extraordinary condition. His work has had wide
distribution in a variety of media. He was a consultant to the movie Rain
Kirkus Reviews: "Superior science writing--lucid, exciting,
tinged with mystery.
"Psychiatrist Treffert pulls together in this engrossing book his
26 years of research on the mind boggling phenomenon of the savant.
Neither pop survey nor technical study, this richly entertaining book
deftly weaves together medical and scientific findings, historical
anecdotes, and profiels of three savants with whom the author has worked
intensively. Treffert concludes by arguing convincingly--and
enticingly--that through studying Savant Syndrome we may discover
'methods of tapping some of the buried capability' that he believes lies
in every human being."
Publishers Weekly: "Compelling".
Booklist: "Treffert has studied the 'savant syndrome' for
years and presents here a comprehensive and thought-provoking
analysis...The savant syndrome is fascinating, and Treffert's book is an
enlightening affirmation of the powers of the mind and spirit."
Nature: "The first comprehensive account of these
astonishing people...Written with gusto...they inspire awe...Treffert's
lively interest in savants is infectious."