It opened up the world to some of the oddest self-perception dysfunctions known to medical practice. Hard to believe the mind tries so hard to work around some truly enormous deficits in order to function.
The fellow who truly mistook his wife for a hat.
Yes, and almost was.
This book gained a new fan of Oliver Sacks stories. Elegantly read, and consumately written.
I like the fact that this book was written by a doctor who sees his patients as persons, not things. These are real case histories, and these people are suffering from various forms of brain damage and defects. It is interesting to learn how they are coping, and how their personalities are being effected.It is also so fascinating to learn how much our organic physiology effects our personality.
The book ends by pointing our how many ways one of the authors patents could have their very special gifts employed in fruitful work, but also points out that instead the patents will probably (like many others) be overlooked and discarded for life to the back room of a public hospital.
It made me happy to know that some doctors really do care, and see potential, for the handicapped. It made me sad to think that so many people are discarded.
Very disturbing read on how the mind can get out of whack and really cause a living hell for people. Trying to put oneself in the mental condition of one of these patients is an exercise in madness. The insight on aspirin or b6 prolonged overdose possibly contributing was interesting.
I really liked it. A bit dry at times, but entertaining and informative. I only lost attention a few times, but those moments would most likely really interest someone who was a student of mental dis(?)orders.
I liked the reader quite a bit.
Suprisingly, upon reflection, I rated this book more highly than I thought I would right after completion, so for me, that means ut caused me to think, reflect, and even have stuff stick with me....my definition of a good book, movie, or study.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein
I have been always fascinated by the brain science, how the mind work and psychology. But I found myself always gravitating to the non-clinical side of it, but the cognitive and social sides, that is "How the normal minds work and how the average person behaves", so I thought a clinical cases book by the great Dr. Sacks can help. I WAS RIGHT.
Why not 5 stars then? because the author didn't in some parts take into consideration that some non-professionals like myself would read it :) A lot of neurological terminology and drug names can sometimes get to my nerves.
After all, a must.
Just the right balance between fun stories and educational neuroscience that won't let you look at human consciousness the same way ever again. The book is a collection of clinical stories that are sad, funny, and uplifting. The stories are well read, and altogether enjoyable.
If you're interested in the brain, this book is for you. If you like clinical case study, this book is for you. I had a little bit of difficulty getting started but once the case studies started rolling, this was fascinating. The brain is mysterious and wonderful. This isn't so much about mental illness as it is about biological changes in the brain affecting behavior and interaction. Amazing diagnoses throughout.
The narrator did an excellent job personalizing it as though it was his case studies.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I had assumed that this book would be an interest, yet depressing and clinical examination of fascinating brain disorders. I was wrong. Oliver Sacks has written an uplifting, and unexpectedly beautiful book here.
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The book was interesting enough; I found the individual case-studies absorbing, but it got very dry and text-booky when going into detail surrounding the various medical conditions and that bored me.
Overall – not bad for 5$
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Two of my sister's professors recommended this book to her and she recommended it to me. As the mother of a child who has some problems similar to some of the neurological disorders in this book it has special significance for me. I do think that the Brain is the TRUE final frontier. For so many years we were told about our five senses and this book shows that truly there are more than that. These disabilities, many of them, are invisible. Imagine an individual who looks fine and still struggles to function. No one knows how to act or what to expect and many times people are either surprised, confused or offended. Many people and agencies won't even recognize what is going on as a true disability.
The vocab is steep and I looked up more than a few words online guessing at spellings. Even when I didn't know every single word, I got the general meaning of things. The narrator is awesome. My husband has heard so much about the book, he's told me he's going to read it next.
I was continually amazed by the poignant and compelling stories told. I was also extremely grateful for the author's compassion and recognition of the humanity of his patients. The common thread of each person trying to find the balance and their own version of normal was very interesting. Going through testing and trying to get services is so dehumanizing, and yet, each life sings its own melody; each life must be appreciated for its own goodness and uniqueness. This is an aspect which so often gets lost in society or modern medicine's quest for what they call normal.
This book is truly amazing in every way. The author alludes to so many other works and studies and makes even the bizarre behavior of these real-life characters understandable. The patients and the problems are interesting. The way the author talks about them is interesting. The way some of them find "normal" is interesting.... Interesting is too bland a word. Maybe Fascinating, Surprising, jaw-dropping, eye-opening, as well as heart-rending. It gave me hope that surprising answers are still being found.
This book is definitely worth your time and credit. I good solid break from fantasy, sci-fi, mysteries and YA fiction.