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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

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With an introduction by Will Self. A classic work of psychology, this international best seller provides a groundbreaking insight into the human mind.

If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self - himself - he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it.

In this extraordinary book, Dr. Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder. Here are people who can no longer recognise everyday objects or those they love; who are stricken with violent tics or shout involuntary obscenities; who have been dismissed as autistic or retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents. If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales illuminate what it means to be human.

A provocative exploration of the mysteries of the human mind, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is a million-copy best seller by the 20th century's greatest neurologist.

©1985 Oliver Sacks (P)2011 Audible, Inc

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Everything you want in a good book.

Simply brilliantly written regardless of the lens for critique. I can't wait to start Musicophilia.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-2018

an introduction to neurology

I now have an understanding of basic neurology and the issues surrounding neurological disability thanks to Oliver sacks

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  • Bert
  • 12-12-2018

dull, out of date

This was a collection of stories about his patients. It is very old more in terms of what we know about neuroscience. It have me no benefit and was a waste of my time.

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