The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

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Picador, 2011 - Mental illness - 257 pages
In his most extraordinary book, Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders. These are case studies of people who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognise people or common objects. In Dr Sacks's splendid and sympathetic telling, each tale is a unique and deeply human study of life struggling against incredible adversity.

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User Review  - KurtWombat - LibraryThing

Imagine that you wake up one morning with a hand at your throat trying to strangle you. You scream out in alarm waking your spouse who turns on the light and finds that it is your own hand at your ... Read full review

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The book is a collection of brief outlines of some interesting patients of the late neuroscientist, Oliver Sacks, of “Awakenings” fame. While the book is a bit dated- some of the terminologies, etc ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Oliver Sacks is a physician and the author of ten previous books, including most recently, Musicophilia. He lives in New York City, where he is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is the first, and only, Columbia University Artist, and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the British Empire.

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