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

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


Reviews


Patrick rated it ★★★★★

October 24, 2017

It's rare that I read non-fiction. It's just not my bag. That said, this is one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. I'm guessing I've brought it up hundreds of times in conversation. It's written by a neurologist who works with people who have stranger-than-usual brain issues. And not onl...


Dru rated it ★★★☆☆

March 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 lost), no feeling that he has lost the depth, that unfathomable, mysterious, myriad-levelled depth...


Huda rated it ★★★★☆

July 10, 2017

كيف يمكن لإنسانٍ أن يخسر هويته ولا يدري خسارته كيف يتحول معنى الهوية بروحه إلى لا معنى،،إلى لاشئ؟ في هذا الكتاب تتعلم من جديد إحترام الإنسانية فجنون أدب العبث ولامنطقيته يتجسد هنا في نماذج حقيقة لبشرٍ يفتشون عن بقاياهم المتناثرة في الكون العابث بهم والمنتظر لردود أفعالهم التي تأتي مذهلة وغير متوقع...


Sheffy rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 15, 2008

Despite so many people recommending this book, my high expectations were disappointed. Yes, it's perversely interesting to hear about neurological conundrums that afflict people in peculiar ways, but Sacks isn't a particularly good writer, nor does he have a good grasp on his audience. At times h...


Paquita Maria rated it ★★★★☆

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 the brain's (and therefore the individual's) remarkable ability to overcompensate for cognitive...


Mona rated it ★★★★★

April 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 - Dr. Sacks - speak at the university in my hometown. He was a dynamic and entertaining speaker and...


PattyMacDotComma rated it ★★★★★

July 01, 2016

10★ This 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 and brain not only to doctors but also to the public. The well-known movie, Awakenings, where he was playe...


Bookdragon Sean rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 04, 2017

The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is a book about people with neurological disorders centred on issues with perception and understanding the world. The brain receives so much information each second, information we will never be consciously aware of. But what happens when the pathways start...


Tim rated it ★★☆☆☆

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 case studies in and of themselves make for interesting reading, the tone of the writing is fairly "c...


سلطان rated it ★★★★★

February 17, 2016

من أجمل ما قرأت في هذه السنة. لقد غيّر هذا الكتاب الكثير من المفاهيم الخاصة بالذاكرة عندي. كما تغيّرت عندي مفاهيم أخرى تتعلق بحالات الجنون والاكتئاب والحالات النفسية. هذا الكتاب ليس كتاباً طبياً، أو نفسياً، أو تجارياً. بل هو كتاب إنساني بالمقام الأول. هل تعرف قيمة ذاكرتك أيها الإنسان؟ هل تعرف قيمة...





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