The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

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Pan Macmillan UK, Apr 1, 2009 - Psychology - 256 pages

In his most extraordinary book, "one of the greatest clinical writers of the 20th century" (New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders.

It 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 recognise people and common objects; 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 splendid and sympathetic retelling, deeply human.

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A fascinating account of stories of his patients and their mental problems, good and bad. He treats them all with respect, looking for the real/spiritual/talented person. Read full review

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Imagine that you wake up one morning with a hand at your throat trying to strangle you. You scream out in alarm waking your spouse who turns on the light and finds that it is your own hand at your ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Oliver Sacks is a physician and the author of ten previous books, including most recently, Musicophilia. He lives in New York City, where he is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is the first, and only, Columbia University Artist, and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the British Empire.

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