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THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT: And Other Clinical Tales

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

If you enjoy medical case histories that are sensitive yet lively, weird but informative, then Sacks' book is your ticket.A neurologist who writes with wit and zest, he will fascinate you with stories of patients like the man in the title—a professor who couldn't recognize faces and who patted the tops of fire hydrants believing them to be children. Nietschze asked whether we could do without ... Read full review

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Oliver Sacks describes some of the most fascinating aspects of the human mind within the context of touching portrayals of patients he has worked with throughout his career in neuroscience. This book tells several stories which introduce the reader to the strange and unpredictable behavior of the brain. 

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I found the case studies interesting, insightful and deeply moving. Although at times it was a bit tedious to read as overlly full of medical jargon which makes it difficult for the layman to understand.

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O carte care uimeste si care mi-a schimbat perspectiva despre mintea umana.
Inca un pas inainte spre a cunoaste OMUL.

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Reviewed June 1999
Second time reading this book. I owed it at one time but loaned it out somewhere (2008 just purchased it again). The first time reading it I was enthralled by the stories but
lost in the tech talk. we are asked to read and report on a psychology book, and I thought of this one and decided to reread it now that I am so much more "educated".
Well the stories are still very interesting but the tech talk is still there. I also find De. Sacks way over my head in areas of music and philosophy, he quotes poets and authors I've never heard of and generally just runs on. (It's now 2008, wonder if I'm educated enough to try again?) how was this book ever passed by an editor I will never know. Either it's a book for reference by other neurologists or it is a book for the curious.
Dr. Sacks compassion for humans is charming, but then would you really expect him to write himself any other way? The title story I didn't enjoy as much and the stories of, "the Lost Marine," "The Twins," and "A Walking Grove." I would have liked to have seen a lot more follow up and less searching for souls that he seems to be hoping to find. Apparently Dr. Sacks is the doctor from "Awakenings," which I loved and seen many times. In the movie the doctor had little to do with humans and rarely related to them until he woke several. This Oliver Sacks sees to be a strong people person.
(2008 edit) have Since read the book, "Awakenings" and realized how cleaned up the movie was. Very tragic story originally.
 

Review: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

User Review  - Jared Della Rocca - Goodreads

I'm struggling here because I really wanted to give this book a really positive review. It's just such a classic and the people who like it REALLY like it. But having read a few books about the brain ... Read full review

Review: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

User Review  - Christopher Klein - Goodreads

This book is what it says it is: the clinical tales of a neurologist. And well-written tales they are. Sacks divides this book into four sections: Losses, Excesses, Transports, and The World of the ... Read full review

Review: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

User Review  - Christina Frankino - Goodreads

Amazing - a maze through the human mind and what it can teach us about tolerance, joy, some depression, but uplifting for its focus on optimistic treatment- in science and by other human beings! Not ... Read full review

Review: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

User Review  - Zana - Goodreads

Interesting...but written for other doctors or people with a knowledge of these mental illnesses....he's not a writer for the general public. Read full review

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