The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales, by Oliver Sacks

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By fictionalizing neurological conditions, neuronovels also offer a mirror image of the kind of clinical narrative so brilliantly practiced by Oliver Sacks (1985, 1995) or Paul Broks (2003). 


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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." - Goodreads

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Paradoxical portraits of seven neurological patients, including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette's syndrome unless he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds new creative power in black & white; & others. - Goodreads

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Oliver Sacks, M.D. was a physician, a best-selling author, and a professor of neurology at the NYU S...

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There are many interviews and talks by Oliver Sacks to explore online. Here below are a few links for you to start discovering his extraordinary life and work:

The Silent Music of the Mind: Remembering Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks on Death, Destiny, and the Redemptive Radiance of a Life Fully Lived

Oliver Sacks on the Three Essential Elements of Creativity

The Building Blocks of Personhood: Oliver Sacks on Narrative as the Pillar of Identity

A Man of Letters, by Oliver Sacks

Brilliant Light, by Oliver Sacks

What hallucination reveals about our minds | Oliver Sacks
First look: The last ever interview with Dr Oliver Sacks
Oliver Sacks interview (1997) - 2017

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