The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

By (author) Oliver Sacks

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"The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" is populated by a cast as strange as that of the most fantastic fiction. The subject of this strange and wonderful book is what happens when things go wrong with parts of the brain most of us don't know exist ...Dr Sacks shows the awesome powers of our mind and just how delicately balanced they have to be' - "Sunday Times". 'Who is this book for? Who is it not for? It is for everybody who has felt from time to time that certain twinge of self-identity and sensed how easily, at any moment, one might lose it' - "The Times". 'This is, in the best sense, a serious book. It is, indeed, a wonderful book, by which I mean not only that it is excellent (which it is) but also that it is full of wonder, wonders and wondering. He brings to these often unhappy people understanding, sympathy and respect. Sacks is always learning from his patients, marvelling at them, widening his own understanding and ours' - "Punch".

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 18mm | 222.26g
  • 07 Nov 1986
  • Pan MacMillan
  • PICADOR
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Mit Abb.
  • 0330294911
  • 9780330294911
  • 5,132

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Oliver Sacks was educated in London, Oxford, California and New York. He is a professor of clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is the author of many books, including Musicophilia and Awakenings.

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fascinating, scary and uplifting

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is the 4th book by renowned British neurologist, psychologist, writer, and amateur chemist, Oliver Sacks. In it, Sacks details, in clinical anecdote style, the cases of many patients he has come across in his years of practice. Various manifestations of conditions such as Korsakov's syndrome, prosopagnosia, alien limb syndrome, autism, proprioception defects, aphasia, Tourette's syndrome, Cupid's disease, "joking disease", epilepsy, amnesia, Parkinsonism, to name a few, are described. While the title may sound amusing, the book certainly isn't; the medical jargon describing the case studies may be dry reading at first, but, if anything, this book is fascinating, often scary and occasionally quite uplifting.show more
by Marianne Vincent