The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks, a British neurologist, is a collection of clinical stories mostly from the 60s and 70s. Each chapter begins with the story of a person to give an example of some interesting clinical findings. These range from the man who could not distinguish faces at all and literally tried to pick his wife’s head up as if she was a hat to twins who did not understand the concept of math but could come up with prime numbers 20 digits long to a man who, in his old age, believed it was 1945 and he was 19. The stories are, for the most part, fascinating. Occasionally Sacks went into the minute details of the illnesses and his findings. This often caused my attention to wander. Overall, the book is very interesting for anyone interested in medicine or the way the mind works.

4 (out of 5) Stars

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One response to “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

  1. I loved this book, especially the care and understanding that Sacks showed towards his patients. I’m glad to see that this book is not as obscure as I thought it was. I really enjoyed your review!

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