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

In a Nutshell

In The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, world-renowned Dr. Oliver Sacks delves into the fascinating stories of patients who suffer from rare neurological disorders.

Favorite Quote

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


The stories of patients with neurological disorders are often overlooked or dismissed. At times, sufferers are even excluded from what most consider to be the 'normal' human experience.

Dr. Oliver Sacks was a British neurologist who devoted his career to understanding how his patients' brain functions shaped their personal narratives.

Refusing to consider his patients as mere statistics, he sought to extract wisdom about human nature from their stories.

Some of the case studies described in Dr. Sacks' books have inspired famous works such as Rain Man and House of Cards.

The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat is a collection of true stories from patients whose conditions affected their daily lives and perceptions of reality.

These touching stories help us connect with people whose experiences very much differ from a fictitious 'norm' – and put its very existence in perspective.

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