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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales : And Other Clinical Tales - Sacks, Oliver W

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

And Other Clinical Tales

Paperback Published: 2nd April 1998
ISBN: 9780684853949
Number Of Pages: 243

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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."

Industry Reviews

New York Magazine Dr. Sacks's most absorbing book.... His tales are so compelling that many of them serve as eerie metaphors not only for the condition of modern medicine but of modern man. Noel Perrin Chicago Sun-Times Dr. Sacks's best book.... One sees a wise, compassionate and very literate mind at work in these 20 stories, nearly all remarkable, and many the kind that restore one's faith in humanity. Clarence E. Olsen St. Louis Post-Dispatch A provocative introduction to the marvels of the human mind...

ISBN: 9780684853949
ISBN-10: 0684853949
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 243
Published: 2nd April 1998
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.23

Oliver Sacks

About the Author


Oliver Sacks, M.D. is a physician, a best-selling author, and a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. The New York Times has referred to him as “the poet laureate of medicine.”

He is best known for his collections of neurological case histories, including The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain and An Anthropologist on Mars. Awakenings, his book about a group of patients who had survived the great encephalitis lethargica epidemic of the early twentieth century, inspired the 1990 Academy Award-nominated feature film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams.

Dr. Sacks is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books.

Visit Oliver Sacks's Booktopia Author Page