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review ✓ The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales 104 Ý 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 Dr Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients strugAry 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 huma. The man who mistook his patients for a literary careerThe Man who Mistook His Wife for a hat is a non fiction book which was published by the neurtologist Oliver Sacks in 1985 in which he describes the case histories of some of his patientsThe case of Dr PBy introducing the case of Dr P you will get a perfect feeling for what this book is about and how it is written Dr P suffering from Visual AgnosiaDr P was a singer and a music teacher During his time as a teacher he developed a strange condition whereby he was unable to recognize his students’ faces and instead recognized them purely by their voices After consulting with a few doctors Dr P came to see Oliver Sacks Sacks uickly realized that Dr P was a man of great charm and sophistication Yet when he spoke to Sacks Dr P didn’t look at Sacks in an ordinary way but seemed to “scan” different parts of his face like his nose or his chin wandering from one point to the next When Sacks asked Dr P to take off his shoe for an examination he mistakenly claimed that his shoe was his foot Dr P also failed to identify basic pictures He could describe the components of the picture but not the overall scene At the end of the examination Dr P walked over to his wife and tried to pick up her head—he’d mistaken his wife’s head for his own hatSacks realized that Dr P developed of visual agnosia which is the inability to interpret visual sensations His sense of the concrete visual world slowly disappeared Sacks told DrP that although he couldn’t entirely explain what’s wrong with him he should continue teaching music since that was what brought him joy Although Sacks never saw Dr P again he knows that Dr P taught music until the very end of his lifeDisorders and their representationSacks introduces all of the disorders as summed up above and doesn’t expand on delivering a better understanding on how the brain actually works Some of the stories are tremendously short he describes only a few symptoms that the patient was experiencing and doesn‘t clarify why the patient was suffering in that way Often he doesn’t even have a diagnosis and almost never was able to offer any kind of treatment The explanations of the disorders are extremely shallow and he completely skips to show the suffering of the patient often forgotten about in some care facilitiesThe part that upset me the most was about phantom pain and it‘s extremely inaccurate and superficial description It is a disorder which is not psychological or imaginative but caused by injured nerves and receptors A lot of patients suffer horrible pain and there are not many treatment options till today Loosing a limb is a severe trauma to the body a few patients recover from well but Sacks pictures it as some kind of funny phenomenon In contrast a very accurate depiction of phantom pain Further most of the conditions might have been not commonly known in 1985 but are today like for example Tourette’s syndrome or autism Another example is the case of an old woman suffering from syphilis which made her feel sexual rejuvenated and active again which she enjoyed and which is why she refused treatment That exact case was picked up as a side story for the tv show „Dr House“You won‘t read much in this book you have‘t heard beforeThe writing style Oliver SacksSacks doesn‘t have a good grasp on his audience At times he refers to medical syndromes or footnotes other neurologists which reuires some understanding of medicine but on the whole his stories are extremely simplistic and superficial Further the dialogues with patients Sacks reconstructed are completely unrealistic His target audience are clearly people who have no contact with medicine and neurological diseases and were rather ignorant about the topic beforeThe way he describes the encounters with his patients is uite self absorbed and I couldn’t help shake the feeling he was interested in crafting the perfect dinner table anecdote regarding a uniue brain condition than he was in understanding the person it afflicted He wants to introduce the weird in a humors way and completely fails to transport that he is talking about people‘s sufferings “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” Great wisdom Mr SacksOliver Sacks has turned his patients into objects of public curiosity without offering a full picture of their condition Most of the disorders are also common knowledge today In any case a book that rather upset me because it contributes to misconceptions of people with neurological disorders

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Ients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder Here are people who can no longer recognize everyday objects or those they love; who are stricken with violent tics or shout involunt. This is an utterly fascinating book a collection of case studies by neurologist Oliver Sacks presented in an eminently readable style These studies deal with the most extraordinary mental conditions often arising from damage to the brain from the title case where a man in full charge of his faculties is unable to identify the purpose of any object thus his mistaking his wife for a hat to individuals who again otherwise wholly reasonable will deny ownership of one of their limbsThis isn't presented as a freak show Each person is shown as an individual demanding our respect and sympathy The over arching message is how little we understand ourselves and how both revealing and bizarre it is when the machinery of the mind breaks downAn enthralling humbling read that will make you think in ways you have never thought before Join my 3 emails a year newsletter #prizes

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical TalesIf 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 Dr Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of pat. Dear Dr Sacks On page 112 of the paperback edition of your book the second paragraph begins with the following sentenceAnd 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 realityI'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 is the word that italicized twice Good God man what are you trying to tell meSincerelyBaffled in BrooklynSome people may think well if I read the whole chapter I'm sure I could decipher the meaning To those people I say good luck Charlie I hope you may succeed where I have so miserably failed This book has many fascinating studies of neurological disorders and the stories behind the patients are easily understood and in many cases enthralling However Dr Sacks seems to give his readers too much credit when he throws off hyperagnosia Korsokovian and meningioma like he assumes we had read an entire neurology textbook before picking this one up Also many of his sentences like the example above include so many digressions and sudden turns that each one could practically be its own M Night Shaymalan film pitch All of this might have to do with the fact that it was written in the eighties when I presume people were smarter