The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales

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Simon and Schuster, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 243 pages
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In his most extraordinary book, “one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth 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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Sacks is a skilled writer. - Goodreads
The writing is not good. - Goodreads
It's a great intro to neurology book to read. - Goodreads
I was somewhat disappointed by the writing as well. - Goodreads
His way of writing is definitely NOT reader friendly. - Goodreads
I also wasn't a huge fan of Sacks' writing style. - Goodreads

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This is the case of an author who mistook his research for poetry. Sack's goal is admirable, aiming to bridge the gap between the psychological maladies he treats as a man of medicine, and the tragic ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

This has lots of anecdotes about people who live with odd neurological conditions, but it is quite clinical. If you're not a doctor, you will probably skip around quite a lot. But the anomalies he ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction page
3
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat page
8
The Lost Mariner page
23
The Disembodied Lady page
43
The Man Who Fell out of Bed page
55
Hands page
59
Phantoms page
66
On the Level page
71
The Possessed page
120
Part Three o TRANSPORTS
127
Introduction page
129
Reminiscence page 112
153
The Dog Beneath the Skin page
156
Murder page
161
The Visions of Hildegard page
166
Introduction page
173

Eyes Right page
77
The Presidents Speech page
80
Introduction page
87
Witty Ticcy Ray page
92
Cupids Disease page
102
A Matter of Identity page
108
Yes FatherSister page
116
Rebecca page
178
A Walking Grove page
187
The Twins page
195
The Autist Artist page
214
Bibliography page
234
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Oliver Sacks was born in London and educated in London, Oxford, California, and New York. He is professor of clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is the author of many books, including Awakenings and A Leg to Stand On.

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