#25 The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales – Oliver Sacks

Title

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

Author

Oliver Sacks

Genre

Sience, Non Fiction.

Readability

Regular.

Engagement

Medium.

Score

score-4

Title (Original)

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

Year of Publication

1985

Cover

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Short Description & Notes

The man who mistook his wife for a hat is the first short clinical tale of this compilation. Oliver Sacks, a British neurologist, shares with the reader his own view of some intriguing cases. The author unveils the process of clinical reasoning using a romantic, humanized and very simple writing. Epilepsy, autism, Wernicke-Korsakoff and Gilles de la Tourette syndromes are some of the peculiar diseases approached in the book.

“A neurologist who claims to be equally interested in disease and people, Sacks (Awakenings, etc.) explores neurological disorders with a novelist’s skill and an appreciation of his patients as human beings. These cases, some of which have appeared in literary or medical publications, illustrate the tragedy of losing neurological facultiesmemory, powers of visualization, word-recognitionor the also-devastating fate of those suffering an excess of neurological functions causing such hyper states as chorea, tics, Tourette’s syndrome and Parkinsonism. Still other patients experience organically based hallucinations, transports, visions, etc., usually deemed to be psychic in nature. The science of neurology, Sacks charges, stresses the abstract and computerized at the expense of judgment and emotional depthsin his view, the most important human qualities. Therapy for brain-damaged patients (by medication, accommodation, music or art) should, he asserts, be designed to help restore the essentially personal quality of the individual. First serial to New York Review of Books, The Sciences and Science; Reader’s Subscription alternate.” – Goodreads: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

Remarkable Quotes

“Animals get diseases, but only man falls radically into sickness.”

Fun Facts

The man who mistook his wife for a hat has motivated many generations of neurologists and is, nowadays, still recommended as an obligatory reading to every neurosciences student.

Oliver Sacks’ book “Awakenings”, published in 1973, was adapted to the cinema and has been an Oscar nominated film, starring Robert de Niro and Robin Williams.

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