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Oliver Sacks: The Clinical Tales Oliver Sacks is an interesting author and he took the leap to show us what others dared not to show us. In his career as a neurologist Sacks encountered those people that society feels is different from everyone else and ousts them because of it. Sacks embraced these individuals, as this was his chosen profession, and took on the responsibility of educating the general public about these people and their conditions through his narrative stories. Many of the stories that this book contains allows us as a reader to try to understand the struggles that these patients go through. Each of these patients are expressed as fighters and in one way or another attempt to overcome their individual neurological disorders. Sacks does not want us to view these people as traditional “patients” but in fact as the individuals that each of them are and he wants us to see the person behind the disease. Sacks’ introduces us to his narratives through the first segment called Losses. In this part of his book we are educated about individuals that are dealing with loss of memory, proprioceptive and cognitive senses. In this section we feature the headline story for this entire book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.” Dr. P, the main character, does not have the ability to distinguish objects and would also get flustered when interrupted while in the middle of a process. Dr. P was a well respected person for his music talent and teaching abilities. Throughout the story Dr. P has no realization that there was actually something wrong with him and as long as he was singing his tunes he had no problems. Sacks came to the realization that as long as Dr. P kept music in the center of his life that there would be nothing to worry about. (Sacks) This is exactly what Sacks prescribed to Dr. P as his form of medication. You see Sacks came to realize
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that this is the way that Dr. P’s brain functioned and as long as he was singing one of his musical tunes that he was able to complete the tasks that were given to him. In addition,
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2008 for the course HSS 403 taught by Professor Fleischer during the Summer '07 term at NJIT.

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