The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - Picador Classic (Paperback)
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - Picador Classic (Paperback)

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - Picador Classic (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 01/01/2015
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In his extraordinarily compassionate, internationally bestselling book, Oliver Sacks explores the various strange and murky landscapes of neurological disorder and reflects on the delicate balance by which our self-identity hangs.

A classic work of psychology, this international bestseller provides a groundbreaking insight into the human mind. With an introduction by Will Self.

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 recognize 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 bestseller by the twentieth century's greatest neurologist.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447275404
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 244 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 18 mm


'A gripping journey into the recesses of the human mind' - Daily Mail

'Oliver Sacks has become the world's best-known neurologist. His case studies of broken minds offer brilliant insight into the mysteries of consciousness' - Guardian

'Populated by a cast as strange as that of the most fantastic fiction . . . Dr Sacks shows the awesome powers of our mind and just how delicately balanced they have to be' - Sunday Times

'Dr. Sacks's most absorbing book . . . His tales are so compelling [because] many of them serve as eerie metaphors not only for the condition of modern medicine but of modern man' - New York Magazine

'This book is for everybody who has felt from time to time that certain twinge of self-identity and sensed how easily, at any moment, one might lose it' - The Times

'A decidedly original approach . . . In addition to possessing the technical skills of a twentieth-century doctor, [Sacks] sees the human condition like a philosopher-poet. The resultant mixture is insightful, compassionate and moving . . . he recounts these histories with the lucidity and power of a gifted short-story writer . . . a masterpiece of clinical writing' - New York Times

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“A classic work on the brain by a gentle explorer”

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