The Man Who Mistook His Wife for A Hat and Other Clinical Tales
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Oliver Sacks' books are always a treat; amongst all of the neurological cases that Sacks' documents here are ones involving profound memory loss. A fascinating and sympathetic rendering of human frailties.
Join the discussion on March 17, 2015. Neurologist Sacks draws from his years of medical practice to present tales of real people who suffer from a variety of syndromes which include symptoms such as amnesia, uncontrolled movements and musical hallucinations. Sacks recounts their stories in a riv... Read More »
Presents a series of stories about men & women who, representing both medical & literary oddities, raise fundamental questions about the nature of reality.
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales is a 1985 book by neurologist Oliver Sacks describing the case histories of some of his patients. The title of the book comes from the case study of a man with visual agnosia. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat became the basis of an opera of the same name by Michael Nyman, which premiered in 1986.
The book comprises twenty-four essays split into four sections which each deals with a particular aspect of brain function such as deficits and excesses in the first two sections (with particular emphasis on the right hemisphere of the brain) while the third and fourth describe phenomenological manifestations with reference to spontaneous reminiscences, altered perceptions, and extraordinary qualities of mind found in mentally retarded people.
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