Digging For Bones

Title Of The Week

In Title Of The Week on August 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm

We all know those titles that make us do a double take just to make sure we read right?

This is one of them:

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

PS: Not the English cover, I just had to use it 🙂

Goodreads summary:

In his most extraordinary book, “one of the great clinical writers of the 20th 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.”

What I think:

This does sound very interesting! I think it’s a book one would read and think wow I’m glad I am who I am.

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