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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User Review  - pdill8 - LibraryThing

The book is a collection of brief outlines of some interesting patients of the late neuroscientist, Oliver Sacks, of “Awakenings” fame. While the book is a bit dated- some of the terminologies, etc ... Read full review

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User Review  - IonaS - LibraryThing

In this book Oliver Sacks presents case histories of patients with obscure but fascinating neurological disorders. I found the book rather challenging – difficult to fully comprehend – but it was ... 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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