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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat #2020

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Here Dr Sacks recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders people afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberration

  • Title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
  • Author: Oliver Sacks
  • ISBN: 9780330523622
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat By Oliver Sacks, Here Dr Sacks recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders people 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 withHere Dr Sacks recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders people 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.

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    1. 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 obvio [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 H [...]

    4. This is not only an informative work on neurological disorders, but a humbling meditation on the beauty of imperfection Through entering the worlds of a number of limited individuals, Sacks reveals the brain s and therefore the individual s remarkable ability to overcompensate for cognitive deficiencies As a result of these heightened states of perception, the often frightening and infinitely compelling worlds of each individual are manifested in the means with which they organize and engage wit [...]

    5. 10 This is such a classic that I can t possibly review it, so I ll just share some stories Oliver Sacks was the much loved, highly regarded neurologist who opened up the world of the mind and brain not only to doctors but also to the public The well known movie, Awakenings, where he was played by Robin Williams, was based on his successful treatment of catatonic patients including Leonard, played by Robert De Niro , frozen for decades after being afflicted with encephalitis Sacks s perception an [...]

    6. I first heard about this book when my biology professor mentioned it in class in reference to right brain and left brain disorders Just last year, I had the good fortune to see the author himself Dr Sacks speak at the university in my hometown He was a dynamic and entertaining speaker and from then on, I resolved to try out his books The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat matched its author The book is a collection of case studies on Dr Sacks s patients with neurological disorders Sacks divides [...]

    7. I picked up this book because I am a fan of Oliver Sacks and his various speaking engagements lectures, public radio interviews, etc but I have to say I was fairly nonplussed with it.While the case studies in and of themselves make for interesting reading, the tone of the writing is fairly clinical and.ed Despite the review blurbs stating that these are personal and touchingly human looks at neurological disorders, I saw only a few glimpses of this warmth an example that springs to mind is the R [...]

    8. .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.

    9. The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is a book about people with neurological disorders centred on issues with perception and understanding the world The brain receives so much information each second, information we will never be consciously aware of But what happens when the pathways start to break down Weird and wonderful things evidently Sacks reminisces over some truly bizarre case studies he encountered over his career And, like the title suggests, one involves a man who mistook his wife [...]

    10. Dr Oliver Sacks was a physician, author, and professor of neurology who published several books about individuals with neurological problems In this book Dr Sacks discusses patients whose brain malfunctions cause a variety of maladies including a musician who lost the ability to see faces or recognize familiar objects a former sailor who believed the year was permanently 1945 a man who thought his leg belonged to someone else and other unusual afflictions To provide a feel for the book I ll just [...]

    11. I guess I m just not smart enough to fully appreciate this book But I do realize that an awful lot can go wrong with our brains, and when that should happen to me, I would be very lucky with such an empathetic and humane doctor Yet, his writing is dry and clinical, which is a shame because there were really interesting cases I enjoyed reading some parts of the book, but not enough to feel satisfied about reading this book Especially the chapter The Visions of Hildegard , in which he describes th [...]

    12. I read this book years ago and maybe Sacks was a skilled doctor than writer but a lot will depend on why you re reading this book to begin with I felt, still do, that Dr Sacks humanised his patients and that s not necessarily easy given the subject The brain has such layers of complexity that are not fully understood Sacks attempts to issue clarity on the matter, no pun meant, it could happen to you or a loved one trauma, a stroke, lasting or transient confusion To have someone in your corner l [...]

    13. Review to come This was a hard one to rate Lots of 5 star sections but some needless academic jargon, particularly in the introductions to sections I can see why this is considered a classic Such fascinating case histories The brain is truly a mysterious thing.

    14. English Arabic review Is there any place in the world for a man who is like an island, who cannot be accultured, made part of the main Can the main accommodate, make room for, the singular That was the main inquiry of this insightful, compassionate, moving and Remarkable book the lucidity and power of a gifted writer.A wonderful book full of wonder, wonders and wondering Sacks brings to these often unhappy people understanding, sympathy, and respect Sacks is always learning from patients, marvel [...]

    15. This book isn t easy to review, because it s not a novel, or short story collection it s not poetry, or essays It s straight up non fiction in the form of case studies and clinical analysis of different bizarre neurological cases that Oliver Sacks came across There s everything from the titular character a man who really did mistake his wife for his hat to people with Tourette s, both severe and manageable from excesses to people with IQs of 60 but who possess amazing talents.There is a wide var [...]

    16. Over the course of his long career as a neurologist, Sacks has had plenty of interesting cases It makes you appreciate what a complex organ the brain is when you see all the different ways that impairments can manifest themselves Sacks is at his best when he s describing the most unusual quirks The first chapter the case that gives the book its title is a good lead in to the weird behaviors that follow.At the time the book was written, these disorders must have seemed even unusual However, by n [...]

    17. N rolojik arp c vakalar anlatan kitap cidden ok etkileyiciydi Kurgu olmayan roman tarz nda bir ok nemli bilgi i eren bir kitapt nsana ya ad her an n ne kadar de erli oldu unu hissettiriyor kitaptaki olaylar ya ayan hastalar Etkileyiciydi.

    18. He both was and wasn t aware of this deep, tragic loss in himself, loss of himself 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 If you enjoy medical case histories that are sensitive yet lively, weird but informative, then Sacks book is your ticket.A neurologist that will fascinate you with stories of patients like the man in the title a professor who couldn t recognize faces [...]

    19. A few quick notes I picked this up as an audiobook from Kindle Unlimited and although some of the medical terminology was beyond my normal understanding I found the book fascinating, but probably not in the way it was intended Our senses take in all of the information we use and it is the brain that takes that information and puts it into, what we think is, normal perspective There are common things like color blindness which leads me to wonder how that world would look It is not devastating unl [...]

    20. Yine bir Sacks aheseri fizyoloji ve psikoloji aras ndaki ba ortaya koyarken hem bu kader sade hem de bu kadar teknik olmay nas l ba ar yor hayran m do rusu Bir gerilim filminden bile daha etkileyici hikayeleri s ralarken g zel de bir er eve iziyor nce kay plardan sonra a r l klardan bahsedip en sonunda basit olman n de eri ve g zelli ini vurguluyor M zik matematik ve do ai te t m ihtiyac m z, t m m tere imiz bu

    21. Dry Reading this book is like eating saltine crackers without anything to drink He only briefly discusses the cases these are, ahem, the interesting parts of the book and then embarks on tedious philosophical discussions about neurology He does seem very proud of himself and his education, though I will give him that as a backhanded compliment.

    22. Very interesting neurological case studies that begged me to reconsider intelligence and normalcy particularly in terms of visual perception and its relationship to reality Also fascinating was the profound structure that the arts he specifically mentions music, dance, story telling and drawing provide for those with the inability to form or develop conceptual frameworks Indeed, it seems that the fine arts aren t just high concepts of beauty and art, but healing mechanisms crucial to many of his [...]

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