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The man who Mistook his Wife for a hat and Other Clinical Tales

Sacks, Oliver, 1933-2015. Book - 1998 616.8 Sa, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Social Science / Psychology / Sacks, Oliver 2 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 4 out of 5

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"A Touchstone book."
Losses: Introduction -- Man who mistook his wife for a hat -- Lost mariner -- Disembodied lady -- Man who fell out of bed -- Hands -- Phantoms -- On the level -- Eyes right! -- President's speech -- Excesses: Introduction -- Witty ticcy ray -- Cupid's disease -- Matter of identity -- Yes, father-sister -- Possessed -- Transports: Introduction -- Reminiscence -- Incontinent nostalgia -- Passage to India -- Dog beneath the skin -- Murder -- Visions of Hildegard -- World of the simple: Rebecca -- Walking grove -- Twins -- Autist artist -- Bibliography.
In his most extraordinary book, "one of the great clinical writers of the 20th century" (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders. Oliver Sacks's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents. If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr. Sacks's splendid and sympathetic telling, deeply human. They are studies of life struggling against incredible adversity, and they enable us to enter the world of the neurologically impaired, to imagine with our hearts what it must be to live and feel as they do. A great healer, Sacks never loses sight of medicine's ultimate responsibility: "the suffering, afflicted, fighting human subject."

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Wife=Hat submitted by SBNB on July 6, 2014, 10:06pm This book was a very interesting read.

Oliver Sacks is a Treasure submitted by sushai on August 26, 2018, 6:02pm This was the first of Sacks' books I ever read. He has a rare quality of being able to talk about science in a narrative way--he doesn't dumb it down but makes it accessible and shows us how it fits in our everyday lives. Not only that, his books also contain more about humanity, the importance of human kindness, why are we all here, etc.
If you're interested in learning more about the human brain, read this one. If you'd like to get to know Sacks as an author, you won't go wrong with any of his books.

Witty submitted by lstorc on August 27, 2018, 6:36pm This book humanizes humans. It is hilarious, sad, fascinating, and work a reread.

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PUBLISHED
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 1998.
Year Published: 1998
Description: 243 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
0684853949
9780684853949

SUBJECTS
Neurology -- Anecdotes.
Mental Disorders.
Nervous System Diseases.
Neurology.