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

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

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 pa...


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TitleThe Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
ISBN9780684853949
Author
Release DateApr 2nd, 1998
PublisherTouchstone
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages243 pages
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Science, Health, Medicine, Medical, Biology, Neuroscience
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Reviews The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

  • Dru
    2008-02-14
    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 ...
  • Huda Yahya
    2013-02-26
    كيف يمكن لإنسانٍ أن يخسر هويته ولا يدري خسارتهكيف يتحول معنى الهوية بروحه إلى لا معنى،،إلى لاشئ؟في هذا الكتاب تتعلم من جديد إحترام الإنسانية فجنون أدب العبث ولامنطقيته يتجسد هنا في نماذج حقيقة لبشرٍ يفتشون عن بقاياهم المتناثرة في الكون العابث به...
  • Sheffy
    2007-07-05
    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 sto...
  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    2009-12-30
    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 manifes...
  • Mona
    2007-04-16
    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....
  • PattyMacDotComma
    2016-07-01
    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” fo...
  • Tim
    2008-05-06
    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...removed. Despite the review blurbs stating that these are "personal" and "touchingly human" looks at neurological disorders, I saw only a ...
  • لونا
    2012-03-31
    وعندما همَّ السيد "بي" بالمغادرة ، ودَّع الطبيب و مدَّ يده ليتناول قبعته وأمسك بدلاً منها برأس زوجته ........ ومن هنا جاءت تسمية الكتاب (الرجل الذي حسب زوجته قبعة) ، ولمعرفة السبب والتفاصيل أدعوكم لقراءة الكتابالكتاب يتناول مجموعة من الاضطرابات العصبي...
  • سلطان
    2016-02-16
    من أجمل ما قرأت في هذه السنة. لقد غيّر هذا الكتاب الكثير من المفاهيم الخاصة بالذاكرة عندي. كما تغيّرت عندي مفاهيم أخرى تتعلق بحالات الجنون والاكتئاب والحالات النفسية.هذا الكتاب ليس كتاباً طبياً، أو نفسياً، أو تجارياً. بل هو كتاب إنساني بالمقام الأ...
  • Deedee
    2017-03-24
    I read this book years ago and maybe Sacks was a more 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, last...
  • Steve
    2007-08-15
    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, t...
  • Laala Alghata
    2010-02-23
    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 I...
  • aljouharah altheeyb
    2012-04-15
    هذا الكتاب المُذهل الرائع يقدم لك فرضية مُخيفة ومرعبة بمضمونها، لكنها - وللأسف - تحدث كثيراً .. المرعب في الأمر أنه لا أحد يعلم بحدوثها حتى تحصل إنتكاسة أو ميلان غير طبيعي في التصرفات. تخيل معي لبرهة شكل الدماغ الإنساني، هو يتكون من فصين ( أيمن وأيسر )...
  • Odai Alsaeed
    2016-03-14
    هذا الكتاب مؤثر وذا قيمةعالية في محتواه فذكريات الماضي المؤلمة المتراكمة أو هوس االخوف من مجهول المستقبل يرهق أعصابنا ويؤثر في أدمغتنا لحد التلف , في الكتاب قصص مؤثرة للدكتور الكاتب يستفاد بها دروساً لمجمل حياتنا ... أنصح به
  • Glenn Sumi
    2017-01-28
    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.
  • Muhammed Hebala
    2013-09-22
    [English / Arabic review]الريفيو العربي بعد الريفيو الإنجليزي " 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 an...
  • ياسمين ثابت
    2014-09-11
    حقا الذي وصف هذا الكتاب بانه الف ليلة وليله في الامراض وفي الحياة صدقهذا الكتاب دون شك من اعجب واغرب واجمل ما قرأتليس فقط لان كل فصل كان يتناول مرض عصبي او ادراكي من اغرب مايكونولكن لان الطبيب او الكاتب ساكس كان بيتكلم عن كل شخصية بانسانية جدا بيوصف...
  • Sinem
    2016-02-03
    Yine bir Sacks şaheseri. fizyoloji ve psikoloji arasındaki bağı ortaya koyarken hem bu kader sade hem de bu kadar teknik olmayı nasıl başarıyor hayranım doğrusu. Bir gerilim filminden bile daha etkileyici hikayeleri sıralarken güzel de bir çerçeve çiziyor; önce kayıplardan sonra aşırılıklardan bahsedip en sonunda basit olmanın değeri ve güzelliğini vurguluyor. Müzik matematik ve doğa...işte tüm ihtiyacımız, tüm mü...
  • Bell
    2007-09-14
    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 beaut...
  • Joseph
    2016-11-12
    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 wonde...
  • mark monday
    2007-06-15
    “I think it is effective to constrict your anus 100 times, dent your navel 100 times in succession everyday. You can do so at a boring meeting or in a subway without being noticed for you to do so. I have known 70 year old man who has practiced it for 20 years. As a result, he has good complexion and has grown 20 years younger. His eyes sparkle. He is full of vigor, happiness, and joy. He has neither complained nor born a grudge under any circu...
  • Bettie☯
    2009-01-16
    "the man who mistook his patients for a literary career"Oliver Sacks dies in New York aged 82
  • Jim
    2010-08-28
    A very well-written discussion of fascinating and, in some instances, very rare neurological syndromes. Recommended for those who are interested in the varied and often devastating effects of brain pathology on the human experience and quality of life. Dr. Sacks’ abiding concern for the welfare of his patients, and the long-term emotional trauma that many of them suffer, comes through very clearly in his prose. The depth of his insights into th...
  • Islam Salem
    2016-06-21
    الرجل الذي حسب زوجته قبعة ... أسم غريب لكتاب عجيب بيتكلم عن الحالات النادرة و الغريبة اللي دكتور أوليڤر ساكس قابلها من خلال عمله في مجال طب الأعصاب. كتاب مسلي جداً و بيكشفلك قد إيه مخ الإنسان ممكن يشطح و يعمل حاجات غريبة بعد إصابته في حادثة أو إصابته ...
  • Giovanna
    2014-10-26
    La prima bella sorpresa del mio anno libresco. Comprato più che altro perchè il titolo mi attirava, si è rivelato decisamente bizzarro e interessante. Soprattutto, mi ha offerto molti spunti di riflessione.Ammetto la mia ignoranza e di non aver mai sentito parlare di Sacks, prima di vederlo qui su goodreads. E quando goodreads ti fa incontrare autori come questo non puoi non essere contento.Non so quanto sia possibile descrivere questo libro. ...
  • محمود النوري
    2016-09-12
    ذهب رجل الى طبيبه يشكو من هفوات في الذاكرة، وطرح عليه طبيبه بضعة اسئلة روتينية ومن ثم قال: (هذه الهفوات، ماذا عنها) وأجاب المريض: (أية هفوات؟). لم أشعر للحظة أني أقرأ كتاباً، حسبت طوال الوقت أني أشاهد "ناشيونال جيوغرافيك". أوليفر ساكس هو طبيب بريطاني م...
  • Abdulrahman
    2014-12-24
    This book is a collection of fascinating neurological tales. Tales told in Oliver Sacks’ wonderful, poetic, and deeply sympathetic writing. Through them, you will enter the different worlds of the neurologically impaired, you will be able to imagine what it feels like to live and feel, as some of them do.Not only is The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat engrossing, it’s enlightening and challenging, as well. It demonstrates beautifully how t...
  • Dania Shrbaji
    2013-07-16
    اول مرة اقرأ هذا النوع من الكتب، كانت تجربة جميلة ومفيدة. يتحدث الكتاب عن الامراض العصبية الفريدة بأسلوب قصصي مركّزا على الناحية الشخصية للمريض فهو لايتناول المرض بشكل مستقل عن المريض كما تعودنا سابقا. كما يلجأ لعلاج كل منهم بما يتوافق مع شخصيته و...
  • Cecily
    2013-01-02
    I picked this up at a railway station, shortly after it was published, not quite knowing what to expect.All these years later, I remember it well. It was my first introduction to all sorts of conditions that are now more widely known to the general public, and left me amazed at the power and quirks of the human brain. Funny, tragic, but never sentimental, Sacks writes with engaging charm.That said, one can't help feeling a twinge of guilt, perhap...
  • Collin
    2008-04-12
    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.