The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

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Perennial Library, Jan 1, 1987 - Medical - 243 pages
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Beskrivelse: 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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User Review  - Lieke - Goodreads

I'm glad at the end Oliver Sacks states that his views have evolved since the original printing of the book, since some of the ideas and certainly the terms in the book are now horribly outdated ... Read full review

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User Review  - Naomi Curniffe - Goodreads

I did enjoy the book however I find it more focuses on Dr Sacks own reasonings; which contains a lot of technical jargon and descriptors which if you are not familiar with can be overwhelming. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction page
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat page
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The Lost Mariner page
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Copyright

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About the author (1987)

Oliver Wolf Sacks is a neurologist and writer. He was born in London, England on July 9, 1933. Sacks earned his medical degree at Oxford University and performed his internship at Middlesex Hospital in London and Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. He completed his residency at UCLA. In 1965, Sacks became a clinical neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor and Beth Abraham Hospital. He also worked with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Sacks' work in a Bronx charity hospital led him to write the book Awakenings in 1973. The book inspired a play by Harold Pinter and became a film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. Sacks was also elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He also wrote Mind's Eye which made The NewYork Times Bestseller list for 2010. In 2015 his title On the Move: A Life, made The New York Times Best Seller List

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