A Leg to Stand on

A Leg to Stand on

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Dr. Oliver Sacks's books "Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars" and the bestselling "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" have been acclaimed for their extraordinary compassion in the treatment of patients affected with profound disorders. In "A Leg to Stand On", it is Sacks himself who is the patient: an encounter with a bull on a desolate mountain in Norway has left him with a severely damaged leg. But what should be a routine recuperation is actually the beginning of a strange medical journey when he finds that his leg uncannily no longer feels part of his body. Sacks's brilliant description of his crisis and eventual recovery is not only an illuminating examination of the experience of patienthood and the inner nature of illness and health but also a fascinating exploration of the physical basis of identity.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 17.78mm | 226.8g
  • Touchstone Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Reprint
  • 0684853957
  • 9780684853956
  • 477,225

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Jerome Bruner "The New York Review of Books" A neurologist in [the] great tradition... [this is] a narrative comparable to Conrad's "The Secret Sharer."

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About Oliver W Sacks

Oliver Sacks was born in London and educated in London, Oxford, California, and New York. He is professor of clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is the author of many books, including "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat."

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