This is a fantastic book, although I was occasionally annoyed by the author's constant use of the word "soul". Surely, by soul one can understand emergent properties of the brain, but in its religious sense it is best shown to be void of any substance and evidence precisely by this book.
Yes, absolutely. Very interesting stories. The book moves along quickly.
I think the first story was the best, actually: the man who mistook his wife for a hat.
"Way too dramatic." He draws out the ends of his words in order to be more dramatic. Comes across as just way overdoing it. Kinda reminds me of Reginald Barclay, for the trekkies in the audience.
The one where the woman with paulsy gets the use of her hands back was great. It was particularly interesting to me because I had recently heard a story on NPR about a blind man who can function normally using echolocation. The whole story is about how if you assume a disabled person can't do something and never give them the opportunity, then they'll never learn. Both great stories, but it was nice to see this having been written back in 1980something.
If you, like me, have very little patients for annoying narrators, read this book in parts. it's very well set up to be read in parts.
Clinical terms used where more recognizable (or maybe just less specific) labels may have sufficed, myopic vs shortsighted. I really found that his insights on the MR individuals were truly new and interesting to me. As someone with an interest in neuroscience, I was a little bored by some of the accounts. But it seemed that Mr. Sacks saved the best for last.
Engaging, fascinating studies of unusual neurological disorders. Opened with several real head-scratchers that were presented almost like mystery writing, giving the reader a chance to guess what's going on, and painting the patients very human ways. Got progressively less interesting as it went on, but worth reading for the high points. [AUDIBLE]
Doctors who like listening to other doctors
He was very wooden and self satisfied.
The doctor who wrote it.
Adventure and suspense please!
Love learning about psychology? No one teaches quite like Oliver Sacks. His anecdotal style is highly engaging and entertaining.
Not clinical at all. Stories of patience. I've always wondered in minds that can't express themselves. What are they thinking? Is there anyone there? Yes there is.