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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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Fantastic listen!

This book was an amazing listen - the stories were interesting and different from anything I've read before. Sacks' accounts of his different patients are written so you can really imagine the patients there with you. It's really eye-opening about the world of neurological disorders and the methods that doctors can use to try and diagnose and treat the conditions. Definitely worth listening, and brilliant value on audible!

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beauiful

A beautiful book about humanity, occasionally a bit thick with medical language.
Sacks is an inspiration for us all.

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ramblings of an old doctor with few points

only two stories in the first 6 hours are worth listening to and one of those is on the title! stopped listening after that

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Delightful

I read this as I started medical school and it was delightful to read again 10 years later!

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Good book, slightly let down by the narration

the narration is a but too monotone to remain engaged over long periods, but If broken up it is a great listen!

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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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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.