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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: 1st February 2015
ISBN: 9781447275404
Number Of Pages: 300

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If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self - himself - he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it.

In this extraordinary book, Dr. Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder. Here are people who can no longer recognize everyday objects or those they love; who are stricken with violent tics or shout involuntary obscenities; who have been dismissed as autistic or retarded, yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents. If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales illuminate what it means to be human.

A provocative exploration of the mysteries of the human mind, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is a million-copy bestseller by the twentieth century's greatest neurologist.

About the Author

Oliver Sacks was born in London in 1933, into a family of physicians and scientists. He received his medical education at Oxford and trained at Mt Zion Hospital in San Francisco and at UCLA. Since 1965, he has lived in New York City, where he is a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine and consultant neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor. Dr Sacks is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the New Yorker, as well as various medical journals. He is the author of eleven books, including Musicophilia, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film).

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This is a fascinating book which I regularly give as a gift.

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This is a fascinating book which I re-read regularly. I frequently give this book as a gift to friends.

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This is a compelling series of stories of people with neurological issues beautifully described by their doctor, Oliver Sacks, who sadly passed away recently. Some of the stories are beyond belief and Sacks descriptions of some of his encounters is as amazing to him as it is to the reader. This is not necessarily a reference book; it can be read by anyone; it just shows some of the quirks of human nature - how they present themselves, how they develop and how (in some cases) they can be cured.

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A decidedly original approach . . . In addition to possessing the technical skills of a twentieth-century doctor, [Sacks] sees the human condition like a philosopher-poet. The resultant mixture is insightful, compassionate and moving . . . he recounts these histories with the lucidity and power of a gifted short-story writer . . . a masterpiece of clinical writing * New York Times * Dr. Sacks's most absorbing book . . . His tales are so compelling [because] many of them serve as eerie metaphors not only for the condition of modern medicine but of modern man * New York Magazine * 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 * Oliver Sacks has become the world's best-known neurologist. His case studies of broken minds offer brilliant insight into the mysteries of consciousness * Guardian * A gripping journey into the recesses of the human mind * Daily Mail *

ISBN: 9781447275404
ISBN-10: 1447275403
Series: Picador Classic
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 1st February 2015
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.24

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


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