The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
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... show more
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."
Publish date: April 2nd 1998
Pages no: 243
Edition language: English
, Popular Science
, Short Stories
Really interesting presentation of different neurological conditions, if quite unstructured at times. Some of the language felt fairly dated, but overall I loved the positivism of the author and would definitely like to read more from him.
This book is truly enthralling. I enjoyed it very much. It tells stories of people who we wouldn't imagine they even exist. But .. I have to admit that at some point I felt really bored!Nevertheless, it is definitely worth reading.
Too bad there's no bittersweet emoji. (And ironic that a website that dedicates itself to the discussion of books would want us to distill our ideas about a thing made of many words to a little yellow circle. Aren't we all here to avoid this?) Anyway. This is Oliver Sacks love letter to the worl...
I only took off a star because I'm not a doctor and don't know what all of the medical terms mean, which meant that a lot of the value of the book was gone for me. Nevermind.
And how a man could not tell object from person that inspired the title. Good one. Read it a long long time ago. But still important.