The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales

Paperback | April 2, 1998

byOliver Sacks

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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.”

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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 fanta...

Oliver Sacks was born in London and educated in London, Oxford, California, and New York. He is professor of clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is the author of many books, including Awakenings and A Leg to Stand On.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:April 2, 1998Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0684853949

ISBN - 13:9780684853949

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting and at times funny Sacks writes in a way that keeps you guessing. In a pre google age, these are a doctor's stories of diagnosing some peculiar health problems. A preview hooked me. I read several chapters and found it amusing but not enough to finish.
Date published: 2014-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fascinating Case Studies This book is a compilation of case studies involving unique psychological cases that Oliver Sachs has encountered during his psychological career. There is a large amount of psychological terminology in the book that made it difficult sometimes to know what he was refering to, but overall the case studies are fascinating for anyone to read.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting I found this book very interesting, it provided me with an insight into what it is like to have disorders that most people don't even know exist. It is very consice and it provides a variety of stories that grab the reader's attention..
Date published: 2005-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Could Happen To You... Can you imagine waking up one morning only to find someone else’s leg attached to your body? Glancing in a mirror in your youth of 19 years only to discover that you are in fact an aged man of 49? Or reaching for your hat one afternoon and it refusing to budge, being that it is in reality not your hat but your wife’s head? One of the most renowned neurologists of our time, Dr. Oliver Sacks draws on more than 20 years of experience to bring us these and other equally fascinating case stories. An enthralling but sometimes challenging read, this book gives us a little insight into a world we could easily become a part of with just one blow to the head: the world of neurological disorders.
Date published: 2000-02-27

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Preface

PART ONE: LOSSES

Introduction

1 The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

2 The Lost Mariner

3 The Disembodied Lady

4 The Man Who Fell out of Bed

5 Hands

6 Phantoms

7 On the Level

8 Eyes Right!

9 The President's Speech

PART TWO: EXCESSES

Introduction

10 Witty Ticcy Ray

11 Cupid's Disease

12 A Matter of Identity

13 Yes, Father-Sister

14 The Possessed page

PART THREE: TRANSPORTS

Introduction

15 Reminiscence

16 Incontinent Nostalgia

17 A Passage to India

18 The Dog Beneath the Skin

19 Murder

20 The Visions of Hildegard

PART FOUR: THE WORLD OF THE SIMPLE

Introduction

21 Rebecca

22 A Walking Grove

23 The Twins

24 The Autist Artist

Bibliography

Editorial 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.