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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales 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. It s rare that I read non fiction It s just not my bag.That said, this is one of the most fascinating books I ve ever read I m guessing I ve brought it up hundreds of times in conversation.It s written by a neurologist who works with people who have stranger than usual brain issues And not only are the cases interesting, but the way he writes about the people invovled is really lovely It s not clinical at all Not judgemental It s very loving, I would say It s interesting to see someone who obviously knows a lot of hard line science write about these cases in terms that seem to me suited to someone who would be a philosopher or a spiritualist.Amazing book Can t recommend it highly enough Dear Dr Sacks, On page 112 of the paperback edition of your book, the second paragraph begins with the following sentence And with this, no feeling that he has lost feeling for the feeling he has lost , no feeling that he has lost the depth, that unfathomable, mysterious, myriad levelled depth which somehow defines identity or reality I ve read this sentence at least twelve times, and I still don t even have the slightest inkling of what the hell it means What is the subject What is the verb Why is the word that italicized twice Good God man, what are you trying to tell me Sincerely,Baffled in BrooklynSome people may think well, if I read the whole chapter, I m sure I could decipher the meaning To those people I say good luck, Charlie I hope you may succeed where I have so miserably failed This book has many fascinating studies of neurological disorders, and the stories behind the patients are easily understood and, in many cases, enthralling However, Dr Sacks seems to give his readers too much credit when he throws off hyperagnosia , Korsokovian , and meningioma like he assumes we had read an entire neurology textbook before picking this one up Also, many of his sentences like the example above include so many digressions and sudden turns that each one could practically be its own M Night Shaymalan film pitch All of this might have to do with the fact that it was written in the eighties, when I presume people were smarter. Despite so many people recommending this book, my high expectations were disappointed Yes, it s perversely interesting to hear about neurological conundrums that afflict people in peculiar ways, but Sacks isn t a particularly good writer, nor does he have a good grasp on his audience At times he obliquely refers to medical syndromes or footnotes other neurologists, as if he is writing for a technical physician audience, but on the whole his stories are too simplistic to engage such an audience He talks about phenomenology, but doesn t satisfactorily discuss mechanistically what is going on in the brain, so what s the point To quote a friend in college, it s his own mental masterbation he likes to show off how well read he his, how many bizarre patients have been referred to him or he s God s gift to them and erudite his vocabulary is, but fails to clearly get his points across On top of his confusing musings, his reconstructed dialogue is incredible unrealistic, it s clear why doctors need to learn to communicate better.

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