The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
  • Author : Oliver Sacks
  • Release Date : 14 September 2021
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 13 : 9781039002494
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Book excerpt: In his most beloved and extraordinary book, Dr. Sacks recounts the case histories of patients inhabiting the compelling world of neurological disorders. Featuring a preface never before included. Oliver Sacks's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with perceptual and intellectual disorders: 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; whose limbs seem alien to them; who lack some skills yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents. In Dr. Sacks's splendid and sympathetic telling, his patients are deeply human, and his tales are studies of struggles against incredible adversity. A great healer, Sacks never loses sight of medicine's ultimate responsibility: "the suffering, afflicted, fighting human subject."

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Author : Oliver Sacks
Publisher : Knopf Canada
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In his most beloved and extraordinary book, Dr. Sacks recounts the case histories of patients inhabiting the compelling world of neurological disorders. Featuring a preface never before included. Oliver Sacks's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with perceptual and intellectual disorders: ...

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Author : Oliver Sacks
Publisher : Vintage
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In his most extraordinary book, the bestselling author of Awakenings and "poet laureate of medicine” (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients inhabiting the compelling world of neurological disorders, from those who are no longer able to recognize common objects to those who gain extraordinary new skills. ...

Musicophilia

Musicophilia

Author : Oliver Sacks
Publisher : Vintage Canada
Genre : Psychology
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What goes on in human beings when they make or listen to music? What is it about music, what gives it such peculiar power over us, power delectable and beneficent for the most part, but also capable of uncontrollable and sometimes destructive force? Music has no concepts, it lacks images; ...

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Author : Dario Krpan
Publisher : CRC Press
Genre : Uncategorized
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In The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, neurologist Oliver Sacks looked at the cutting-edge work taking place in his field, and decided that much of it was not fit for purpose. Sacks found it hard to understand why most doctors adopted a mechanical and impersonal approach to ...

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Author : Oliver Sacks
Publisher : Picador
Genre : Uncategorized
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With an introduction by Will SelfA classic work of psychology, this international bestseller 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 ...

Imagination

Imagination

Author : Jim Davies
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Genre : Science
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We don’t think of imagination the way that we should. The word is often only associated with children, artists and daydreamers, but in reality, imagination is an integral part of almost every action and decision that we make. Simply put, imagination is a person’s ability to create scenarios ...

Awakenings

Awakenings

Author : Oliver Sacks
Publisher : Vintage Canada
Genre : Psychology
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Awakenings — which inspired the major motion picture — is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave ...

Everything in Its Place

Everything in Its Place

Author : Oliver Sacks
Publisher : Knopf Canada
Genre : Science
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From the bestselling author of Gratitude and On the Move, a final volume of essays that showcases Sacks's broad range of interests--from his passions for ferns, swimming, and horsetails, to his final case histories exploring schizophrenia, dementia, and Alzheimer's. Oliver Sacks, renowned scientist and storyteller, is adored by readers for ...

A Leg to Stand On

A Leg to Stand On

Author : Oliver Sacks
Publisher : Knopf Canada
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Here the doctor becomes the patient, as Dr. Sacks chronicles the mountaineering accident which left him with the uncanny feeling of being "legless," and raises profound questions of the physical basis of identity. In A Leg To Stand On, it is Dr. Sacks himself who is the patient: an encounter ...

An Anthropologist on Mars

An Anthropologist on Mars

Author : Oliver Sacks
Publisher : Vintage Canada
Genre : Psychology
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Here are seven detailed and fascinating portraits of 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 a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; and ...

The Mind s Eye

The Mind s Eye

Author : Oliver Sacks
Publisher : Vintage
Genre : Psychology
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In The Mind’s Eye, Oliver Sacks tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability ...

Oaxaca Journal

Oaxaca Journal

Author : Oliver Sacks
Publisher : Vintage Canada
Genre : Travel
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"I have been an inveterate keeper of journals since I was 14 especially at times of adventure and crisis and travel. Here, for the first time, such a journal made its way to publication, not that much changed from the raw, handwritten journal that I kept during my fascinated 9 days in ...

Gratitude

Gratitude

Author : Oliver Sacks
Publisher : Knopf Canada
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A deeply moving testimony and celebration of how to embrace life. In January 2015, Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer, and he shared this news in a New York Times essay that inspired readers all over the world: "I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant ...

Good Morning  Monster

Good Morning Monster

Author : Catherine Gildiner
Publisher : Penguin
Genre : Psychology
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A therapist creates moving portraits of five of her most memorable patients, men and women she considers psychological heroes. Catherine Gildiner is a bestselling memoirist, a novelist, and a psychologist in private practice for twenty-five years. In Good Morning, Monster, she focuses on five patients who overcame enormous trauma--people she ...