Interesting case studies are presented, but I would have preferred to hear a little more in depth input on the theories of what caused these abnormalities and what malfunctioned in the brain. The collection of stories and cases studies seemed to be rather disconnected to one another. It might have been a better read had they focused on only one aspect of brain malfunction and dove deeper into the symptoms and cause.
Despite a terrific read by Jonathan Davis, this poorly and pretentiously written book, short on science and long on musings about the soul and who has one, is one on which I regret having spent both time and money. It might better be named The Physician Who Mistook Himself for a Metaphysician.
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 love science books written for laymen, even the dense books. This is not dense, more approachable than Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins or T.S. Ramachandran. i suppose by not the subject may seem, by now, a bit dated ("old hat" so to speak), but no one tells a story like Oliver Sacks.
Extraordinary stories that broaden the mind about the human condition. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and production. Too many people are closed minded and self absorbed but would benefit from reading such a wonderful book.
I mean, it was interesting, but the book easily could have been 1/5 its actual length. everything is repeated over and over and it gets really old/ boring.
The book is a mix of interesting case study flooded with introspective philosophy on that nature of humanity, consciousness and perception, told in beautiful language, that ultimately concludes with a validation of mental impairments because they expose elements of our humanity rather than erase them.
Overall, a unique book that is worth a read.