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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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    hnau: Science fiction inspired by the works of Oliver Sacks (among others).
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    Katya0133: A humorous and decidedly irreverent take on neuroscience which nonetheless manages to be incredibly informative.
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    bluepiano: I read this for pleasure but have since learned it's used as a textbook. Quite probably it's not got so broad an appeal as Sack's (interesting and well-written) book but to me the Ogden not only seems more substantial but it's even more the page-turner.
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (lucyknows)
    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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My favorite book of the month (January 2016) hands down, which is surprising as I’m not much of a nonfiction reader. Maybe not so surprising since this book is filled with brief fascinating case histories of patients with unusual neurological conditions Dr. Sacks had come across in his career. Even with some terminology that was admittedly over my head I found this to be compulsively readable. Slows down a bit in the last section otherwise I’d have probably rated it even higher. I read this on Kindle Unlimited. ( )
  parasolofdoom | Feb 6, 2016 |
Perceptual bias as something symptomatic of all Sacks' patients because they all transport us into new worlds through his eyes. He also gives us an appreciation for the gifts and humanity of even some of his most "sick" patients. A truly moving book! Resounds on and on long after you finish reading it. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
The case histories are interesting but the neuro-psych language and references to work done by other neurologists is sometimes difficult to follow. ( )
  Cricket856 | Jan 25, 2016 |
This series of stories was the first I read of Oliver Sacks, and since then I haven’t stopped. Sacks writes of these intense neurological disorders in a way that colloquial enough to be understood by the masses, but still educational for those who want to learn. Like Sacks did, you can connect with the identity-protected patients, and not only learn about their disorders but learn about their lives outside their ailments. As a relatively quick read, I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in neurology, psychology, or a mixture of the two.
  DanaKrauss | Jan 21, 2016 |
So Interesting!! The brain is a marvelous thing! So sad to hear that Dr. Sacks died yesterday :( ( )
  TerriS | Jan 17, 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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Epigraph
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
Dedication
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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To talk of diseases is a sort of Arabian Nights entertainement / Wiliam 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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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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