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

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales [PDF / EPUB] The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales 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 st If Who Mistook His Wife PDF or a Who Mistook Kindle Õ 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 The Man MOBI :ß stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder Here are people who can no longer recognize everyday objects or Man Who Mistook His Wife PDF/EPUB or those they love; who are stricken with violent tics or shout involuntary obscenities; who have been dismissed as autistic or retarded Man Who Mistook eBook ✓ yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents If inconceivably strange these brilliant tales illuminate what it means to be human.


10 thoughts on “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

  1. says:

    It's rare that I read non fiction It's just not my bagThat said this is one of the most fascinating books I've ever read I'm guessing I've brought it up hundreds of times in conversationIt's written by a neurologist who works with people who have stranger than usual brain issues And not only are the cases interesting but the way he writes about the people invovled is really lovely It's not clinical at all Not judgemental It's very loving I would say It's interesting to see someone who obviously knows a lot of hard line science write about these cases in terms that seem to me suited to someone who would be a philosopher or a spiritualistAmazing book Can't recommend it highly enough


  2. says:

    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 me?SincerelyBaffled 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


  3. says:

    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 obliuely refers to medical syndromes or footnotes other neurologists as if he is writing for a technical physician audience but on the whole his stories are too simplistic to engage such an audience He talks about phenomenology but doesn't satisfactorily discuss mechanistically what is going on in the brain so what's the point? To uote a friend in college it's his own mental masterbation he likes to show off how well read he his how many bizarre patients have been referred to him or he's God's gift to them and erudite his vocabulary is but fails to clearly get his points across On top of his confusing musings his reconstructed dialogue is incredible unrealistic it's clear why doctors need to learn to communicate better


  4. says:

    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


  5. says:

    The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales Oliver SacksThe Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales is a 1985 book by neurologist Oliver Sacks describing the case histories of some of his patients Sacks chose the title of the book from the case study of one of his patients which he names Dr P that has visual agnosia a neurological condition that leaves him unable to recognize even familiar faces and objects Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat became the basis of an opera of the same name by Michael Nyman which premiered in 1986عنوانها م‍ردی‌ ک‍ه‌ ه‍م‍س‍رش‌ را ب‍ا ک‍لاه‍ش‌ اش‍ت‍ب‍اه‍ی‌ م‍ی‌گ‍رف‍ت‌؛ بانوی بی بدن؛ مردی که زنش را با کلاه اشتباه می‌گرفت و ماجراهای بالینی دیگر؛ نویسنده اول‍ی‍ور س‍اک‍س‌؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش سال 1999 میلادیعنوان م‍ردی‌ ک‍ه‌ ه‍م‍س‍رش‌ را ب‍ا ک‍لاه‍ش‌ اش‍ت‍ب‍اه‍ی‌ م‍ی‌گ‍رف‍ت‌؛ نویسنده اول‍ی‍ور س‍اک‍س‌؛ مت‍رج‍م ج‍اه‍د ج‍ه‍ان‍ش‍اه‍ی‌؛ ب‍ا م‍ق‍دم‍ه ح‍س‍ن‌ ع‍ش‍ای‍ری‌؛ تهران، صدای معاصر، 1377؛ در 356ص؛ شابک ایکس 964649403؛ واژه نامه؛ موضوع لطیفه ها بیماریهای اعصاب از نویسندگان بریتانیایی سده 20معنوان بانوی بی بدن؛ نویسنده اولیور ساکس؛ مترجم سما قرایی؛ تهران، نشر قطره، 1390؛ در 366ص؛ شابک 9786001190070؛ چاپ دوم 1394، در 388ص؛ چاپ سوم 1395، در 350ص؛ چاپ چهارم 1397؛ در 348ص؛عنوان مردی که زنش را با کلاه اشتباه می‌گرفت و ماجراهای بالینی دیگر؛ نویسنده اولیور ساکس؛ مترجم ماندانا فرهادیان؛ تهران، فرهنگ نشر نو، چاپ دوم 1396؛ در 330ص؛ شابک 9786007439333؛ کتابنامه از ص 319، تا ص 328؛ مردی که زنش را با کلاه اشتباه می‌گرفت و ماجراهای بالینی دیگر، اثر عصب‌ شناسی به نام «اولیور ساکس» است که در سال 1985میلادی منتشر شد؛ کتاب شرحی از ماجرای برخی از بیماران «ساکس» است؛ نگارنده عنوان کتاب را براساس یکی از بیمارانش، به نام «دکتر پی»؛ که مبتلا به «آگنوزیای دیداری»، یک بیماری عصبی، که تشخیص چهره‌ ها، و اشیای آشنا را، ناممکن می‌کند، برگزیده است؛ این کتاب بیست و چهار داستان دارد، و در چهار بخش «از دست دادن‌ها، زیادی‌ها، جابجایی‌ها و دنیای ساده‌ ها» است، که هر یک به جنبه ی ویژه ای از عملکرد مغز مربوط استتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 01041399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی


  6. says:

    When I had come across the title of the book on Goodreads I had mistakenly assumed to it to be a humour novel But when I finally found the book during one of my book hunts I learnt that it is a non fiction book where the author a neurologist as well as a gifted writer has presented some fascinating case studies about his patients with uniue afflictionsThe book has been divided into 4 parts wherein each section contains the case studies pertaining to a particular category of neurological afflictionsMedical case studies are written in a dry clinical language where the patient is dehumanized and reduced to a cursory phrase In the preface the author says “Such medical case histories are a form of natural history – but they tell us nothing about the individual and his history; they convey nothing of the person and the experience of the person as he faces and struggles to survive his disease” Thus the author has attempted to “deepen the case history to a narrative or tale” and I liked the way he has talked about his patients with warmth sympathy and respectThe narratives are often enriched with uotes theories and experiences of other doctors some of whom were stalwarts in their fields There is a reference to Anton Chekhov as wellI believe most of us understand what a magnificent and complex entity the human brain is and the book reinforced the fact that how fragile it can be – a little bit of damage and it can turn a person’s life upside down make it difficult or even impossible for the individual to do even some basic functions which are so mundane that we do not even think about them In the pages of the book I came across afflictions I wouldn’t have imagined possible even in my weirdest dreams A gifted music teacher suffering from “visual agnosia” had indeed mistaken his wife’s hand for a hat and provided the title of the book; a woman would learn to use her hands at the age of 60 and prove herself to be a gifted sculptor; a man had the problem of leaning like the Tower of Pisa without his knowledge and would come up with his own novel solution and the list goes on In some cases the patients would learn to cope but in others they would not be so lucky What a coincidence that I had just read Forrest Gump the story of a fictional “idiot savant” before coming across real life idiot savants in the pages of this bookOne particular comment by the author – “The power of music narrative and drama is of the greatest practical and theoretical importance” pleasantly surprised me I wouldn’t have expected this from a doctor but maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised because the author did show his preference for a humane for the lack of a better word treatment of the patientsOne problem you might encounter while reading the book is that the narrative is full of medical jargon Thanks to the internet we can find out the meanings much effortlessly compared to a dictionary but if you read a real book like I did and always do then you need to put in the effort to type the words in your browser a lot of times But you know what even if you do not check out every single jargon you can till understand the fact of the matterI understand that everybody might not like this book But if my review has piued your interest then I would urge you to at least check out the Goodreads page of the bookI just came across the list of 100 books everyone should read by and guess what This book is included in the list


  7. says:

    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 manifested in the means with which they organize and engage with the ordinary whether it be through mathematics dance music or the visual arts In simply dealing they manage to transcend Sacks explores the varying cognitive expressions of his patients without coming across as cold sterile or objectifying Rather he devotes a chapter to each individual case creating in the reader a sense that they are engrossed in a series of fictional character studies rather than a dry psychological manual or the surface level observations and blind assumptions of a pompous intellectual This would be a perfect starting point for anyone interested in learning a bit about abnormal psychology


  8. says:

    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


  9. says:

    I've read a lot of popular science books in my time and in one way or another they have always felt cut from same cloth Similar language used similar structure drawing on the same inspirations After a while it almost feels like you are reading the same book over and over again with only slight variations in contentSo The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat came as a complete breath of fresh air A blast in fact Oliver Sacks has written a book rather unlike anything I've read before both in its content and delivery but also the way it acts as a meta commentary on the field of science communication The book is a collection of case studies from Sacks' career as a neurologist each chapter focusing on a particular patient The stories themselves are fascinating ranging from the titular man who's vision is so neurologically impaired that he literally mistakes his wife for a hat to the woman who lost all sense of proprioception if she did not look at where her body was in space she had no idea where it was However the way that Sacks tells these stories was what gripped me uite apart from other popular science writers he draws on a wide range of inspirations from poetry to philosophy to music to medical papers The text is sumptuous One gets the feeling of a writer who has lived a rich life who has not been confined to one box of academia and who allows his experiences to wash together in a melange of words on the page I loved loved loved itYou could argue that Sacks actually makes a point about this in the final chapter a neurological patient who is a brilliant artist but almost completely incapable of interpersonal communication Reading this at the very end of the book I got the impression that Sacks was holding up the mirror to the way science was written about at the time and still is to this day Are you scientists not brilliant at abstract thought gifted beyond measure in unpicking complex behaviour from a mass of data yet totally incapable of connecting another human to that process? You spend so much time living in your box in your world of abstraction that you lack the necessary experience in being human exposure to the humanities to make a genuine connection to other people Sacks demonstrates that if you allow the human to take centre stage pushing the science to a supporting character then communication and wonder will flowAbsolutely recommended A real must read


  10. says:

    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” for decades after being afflicted with encephalitis Sacks’s perception and inspiration led to the trial which “awakened” them and he continued to use his remarkable insight and warmth until he died in August 2015This book is a collection of cases of people with various brain anomalies some caused by accidents or illness and some conditions present at birth It is disconcerting today to read some of the accepted references to patients in 1985 retardates defectives idiots morons simpletons “The Man” of the title piece lost not only the ability to recognise faces he didn’t even know what a face was When he tried to put his shoe and sock back on after a medical test he picked up his foot and asked if that was his shoe His wife was seated next to him and he reached across and pulled on her head when looking for his hat He was almost like a blind man guessing what and where things were by feel smell taste Yet he still functioned as a music school teacher and sang or hummed his way through his daily life to keep himself on some sort of trackOther cases include phantom limbs gone but still painful limbs that are perceived as foreign it’s somebody else’s leg in my bed doctor and when I try to throw it out I end up on the floor and a woman who had completely lost her proprioception – which is our sense of where our body is in space a common failing of drunks but not to this extent We know how to pick up our foot and move it forward She had to concentrate every second on where her body was and what she needed to do or she folded up and collapsed Couldn’t sit or stand without actively thinking about it Another woman’s case is worth sharing it’s so unusual “She has totally lost the idea of ‘left’ with regard to both the world and her own body Sometimes she complains that her portions are too small but this is because she only eats from the right half of the plate—it does not occur to her that it has a left half as well Sometimes she will put on lipstick and make up the right half of her face leaving the left half completely neglected it is almost impossible to treat these things because her attention cannot be drawn to them ‘hemi inattention’—see Battersby 1956 and she has no conception that they are wrong She knows it intellectually and can understand and laugh; but it is impossible for her to know it directly Knowing it intellectually knowing it inferentially she has worked out strategies for dealing with her imperception She cannot look left directly she cannot turn left so what she does is to turn right—and right through a circle Thus she reuested and was given a rotating wheelchair And now if she cannot find something which she knows should be there she swivels to the right through a circle until it comes into view If her portions seem too small she will swivel to the right keeping her eyes to the right until the previously missed half now comes into view; she will eat this or rather half of this and feel less hungry than before But if she is still hungry or if she thinks on the matter and realizes that she may have perceived only half of the missing half she will make a second rotation ” and so on Incredible isn’t it?Tourette’s Parkinson’s Syphilis Epilepsy so very many conditions that cause brain malfunctions The last part of the book deals with retardation and autism and how Sacks discovered that many people who were considered to be without any intelligence actually did have views of the world it just couldn’t be measured He says testing measures deficits It doesn’t allow for the human as opposed to the neurological vision of a person It reminds me of the saying Don’t judge a fish by its ability to climb a treeSacks says although our brain is computer like it is also personal and involves judging and feeling Without that our brains actually do become defective and we can’t understand what is real and concrete like “The Man” He obviously can’t really interpret the world except the part he understands through music And that still makes sense to him But Sacks watched “hopeless cases” carefully figured out what they reacted to when he spent time with them and had the insight and dare I say patience to interact with them They drew for him played games expressed themselves in their own way and enjoyed his company One simple clumsy girl who couldn’t learn but who loved listening to her grandmother read stories also loved being outside He approached her in the park one day and she gave him a huge smile gestured and then called out single words “spring birth growing stirring coming to life seasons everything in its time” Sacks realised she did have her own very clear poetic perception of the world after allRegarding the people who seem to have unexplained abilities with numbers and calendars but who cannot perform on tests he understands that they may see the world in numbers as we see it perhaps in pictures or sounds In 1966 he met a pair of severely impaired young twin men who always sat together giggling and calling out long numbers to teach other They could also tell you any calendar date but they didn’t seem able to “do” mathematics Sacks started writing down their numbers checked them and discovered they were all without exception prime numbers like 3 or 5 divisible only by 1 or by themselves for those of you unfamiliar with primes But these were several digits long So he got out his chart sat with them one day and then called out a prime number that was one digit longer than theirs They were stunned Sat and thought about it smiled and started calling out numbers the same length 7 and 8 digits They eventually outstripped him 12 digits but Sacks had no way of checking anything than 10 They ended up with 20 digits which he had to assume were also prime He uotes the mathematician Wim Klein speaking about himself “‘Numbers are friends for me or less It doesn’t mean the same for you does it—3844? For you it’s just a three and an eight and a four and a four But I say ‘Hi 62 suared’” I don’t know how much has changed in the thinking since this book was written but I uite like his idea that we all respond to order and patterns and while most of us respond in similar ways to similar things some people need to have music to order their activities “The Man” could function as long as he sang or hummed some need numbers some need nature Given the right conditions many people who were previously cast aside could enjoy life on their own terms He does caution about what we would now call “mainstreaming” people to make them like “us” The number twins were separated to give them a better chance to live a normal life which they did to some extent catching public transport etc but the joy seemed to disappear What kind of price is that to pay to meet our standards instead of their own? “One is reminded somewhat of the treatment meted out to Nadia— an autistic child with a phenomenal gift for drawing Nadia too was subjected to a therapeutic regime ‘to find ways in which her potentialities in other directions could be maximized’ The net effect was that she started talking—and stopped drawing Nigel Dennis comments ‘We are left with a genius who has had her genius removed leaving nothing behind but a general defectiveness’ ”It's a fascinating glimpse into a fascinating field of study It’s scary to think how many people we’ve passed judgement on over the years who could have been freer to enjoy life if we’d figured out how to enable themI’m looking forward to reading some of his newer work to see where it took him and whether or not we’re doing a better job of understanding the immense variation of the human condition todayPS Another GR reviewer Barbara has done a nice job of summarising some of the cases in her review


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