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

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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."

Title:The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0684853949
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:243 pages

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

  • Dru
    Mar 09, 2008

    Dear Dr. Sacks, On page 112 of the paperback edition of your book, the second paragraph begins with the following sentence:"And with this, no feeling that he has lost feeling (for the feeling he has l...

  • Huda Yahya
    Jun 20, 2016

    كيف يمكن لإنسانٍ أن يخسر هويته ولا يدري خسارتهكيف يتحول معنى الهوية بروحه إلى لا معنى،،إلى لاشئ؟في هذا الكتا...

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    May 04, 2010

    This is not only an informative work on neurological disorders, but a humbling meditation on the beauty of imperfection. Through entering the worlds of a number of "limited" individuals, Sacks reveals...

  • Mona
    Apr 16, 2007

    I first heard about this book when my biology professor mentioned it in class in reference to right-brain and left-brain disorders. Just last year, I had the good fortune to see the author himself - D...

  • PattyMacDotComma
    Jul 01, 2016

    10This is such a classic that I can’t possibly “review” it, so I’ll just share some stories. Oliver Sacks was the much-loved, highly regarded neurologist who opened up the world of the mind an...

  • ????
    Jul 16, 2012

    وعندما همَّ السيد "بي" بالمغادرة ، ودَّع الطبيب و مدَّ يده ليتناول قبعته وأمسك بدلاً منها برأس زوجته ........ ومن ه...

  • Tim
    May 12, 2008

    I picked up this book because I am a fan of Oliver Sacks and his various speaking engagements (lectures, public radio interviews, etc)...but I have to say I was fairly nonplussed with it.While the cas...

  • Steve
    Oct 25, 2007

    Over the course of his long career as a neurologist, Sacks has had plenty of interesting cases. It makes you appreciate what a complex organ the brain is when you see all the different ways that impai...

  • ?????
    Feb 17, 2016

    من أجمل ما قرأت في هذه السنة. لقد غيّر هذا الكتاب الكثير من المفاهيم الخاصة بالذاكرة عندي. كما تغيّرت عندي مفاه...

  • Laala Alghata
    Aug 17, 2010

    This book isn't easy to review, because it's not a novel, or short story collection; it's not poetry, or essays. It's straight up non-fiction in the form of case studies and clinical analysis of diffe...

About Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Wolf Sacks, CBE, was a British neurologist residing in the United States, who has written popular books about his patients, the most famous of which is Awakenings, which was adapted into a film of the same name starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.Sacks was the youngest of four children born to a prosperous North London Jewish couple: Sam, a physician, and Elsie, a surgeon. When he wa