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Jennifer C. Elison

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  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (955)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (791)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "The Mind is a Scary Place"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to friends who enjoy exploring the workings of the mind.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Oliver Sacks? Why or why not?

    I would be willing to read another Oliver Sacks' book because his case studies are sometimes fascinating and it is clear that he has the personal experience to back up his work.


    What does Jonathan Davis and Oliver Sacks (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The book is expertly read. Where I would have stumbled over terminology, it was nice to have a narrator deliver the words smoothly.


    Did The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales inspire you to do anything?

    I can't say that I was inspired, more than anything I felt a little fearful of what could potentially happen to my own mind.


    Any additional comments?

    The mind is an amazing and scary place! I think a layperson can definitely follow along, though it is occasionally bogged down with technical language that is obviously meant for the experts. Most of these case studies are the minute exception to the norm, but many of them are incredible. The most tragic common denominator for me is the fact that there are so many brain disorders that completely rob a person of purpose and happiness. The good part, I guess, is that some of them don't know it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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