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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat : Picador Classic - Oliver Sacks

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Picador Classic

Paperback Published: 2nd September 2011
ISBN: 9780330523622
Number Of Pages: 256

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In his most extraordinary book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders.

These are case studies of people who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people or common objects; whose limbs have become alien; who are afflicted and yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

In Dr Sacks's splendid and sympathetic telling, each tale is a unique and deeply human study of life struggling against incredible adversity.

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A gripping journey into the recesses of the human mind.
Daily Mail

This book 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

Populated by a cast as strange as that of the most fantastic fiction . . . Dr Sacks shows the awesome powers of our mind and just how delicately balanced they have to be.
Sunday Times

ISBN: 9780330523622
ISBN-10: 0330523627
Series: Picador Classic
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 2nd September 2011
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1

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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.

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