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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales (original 1985; edition 1987)

by Oliver W. Sacks

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Title:The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
Authors:Oliver W. Sacks
Info:Harpercollins Trade Sales Dept (1987), Edition: 1, Paperback, 256 pages
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks (1985)

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    lucyknows: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey may be paired with The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks or even Awakenings by the same author. All three books explore the idea that once a person becomes ill or is institutionalised, they lose their rights and privileges.… (more)
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Fascinating stories. I've read this book twice. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
Early on, the proceedings are a bit crass. I couldn't shake the unpleasant impression that Sacks was trotting out his case studies for my amusement, the neurological equivalent of a circus freak show. In several of the tales, he even neglects to mention the cause of the dysfunction. Isn't that important? However, the cruelty evaporates by the end, and besides, it's all so interesting

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  Peter_Scissors | Jun 21, 2016 |
The very first Oliver Sacks book I ever read ... waaaaay long ago - think I was in university at the time - so some time in between 1982-1983.
Remains a favorite! ( )
  GeetuM | Jun 3, 2016 |
I'm putting this book down, unfinished, after skimming the last few pages. While these cases are interesting I find the writing to be wordy, pretentious, and repetitive. The information is too outdated (but also not yet antique enough) to evoke any sort of learning or curiosity in me as a psychology major and history lover. ( )
  ToriC90 | May 11, 2016 |
Oliver Sacks explores some of the things that can go wrong because of brain injuries through a series of case studies.

Through bizarre and moving accounts of some of his patients, the author pleads by example for patients to be seen not just as neurological puzzles and symptoms but as human beings with emotional needs and responses. Even those with low IQs can respond to symbols and stories, ways of thinking which the modern West has devalued in favour of logic and proveable fact. We need both and the author shows why and how it can be done. A marvellous book. ( )
  Robertgreaves | May 9, 2016 |
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In addition to possessing the technical skills of a 20th-century doctor, the London-born Dr. Sacks, a professor of clinical neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, sees the human condition like a philosopher-poet. The resultant mixture is insightful, compassionate, moving and, on occasion, simply infuriating. One could call these essays neurological case histories, and correctly so, although Dr. Sacks' own expression -''clinical tales'' - is far more apt. Dr. Sacks tells some two dozen stories about people who are also patients, and who manifest strange and striking peculiarities of perception, emotion, language, thought, memory or action. And he recounts these histories with the lucidity and power of a gifted short-story writer.
 
The book deserves to be widely read whether for its message, or as an easy introduction to neurological symptoms, or simply as a collection of moving tales. The reader should, however, bring to it a little scepticism, for outside Sack's clinic, things do not always fall out quite so pat.
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To talk of diseases is a sort of Arabian Nights entertainment.

- William Osler
The physician is concerned (unlike the naturalist)... with a single organism, the human subject, striving to preserve its identity in adverse circumstances.

- Ivy McKenzie
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To Leonard Shengold, M.D.
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Neurology's favorite word is 'deficit', denoting an impairment or incapacity of neurological function: loss of speech, loss of language, loss of memory, loss of vision, loss of dexterity, loss of identity and myriad other lacks and losses of specific functions (or faculties).
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The physician is concerned (unlike the naturalist) ... with a single organism, the human subject, striving to preserve its identity in adverse circumstances. / Ivy McKenzie
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A romantic rendering of the daily sufferings of people with relatively obscure neurological issues.
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Neurology doctor
Studies people as people
Not sacks for strange brains (Marissa_Baden)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0684853949, Paperback)

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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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."… (more)

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