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Oliver Sacks

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Overview

Author

Oliver Sacks

Years Published

1986

Type

Nonfiction

Genre

Nonfiction

At a Glance

Oliver Sacks (1933–2015) was inspired to write The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by patients whose cases did not fit into the prevailing concepts in the field of neurology, concepts Sacks describes as "mechanistic." Instead of imagining the mind as a machine or computer, Sacks's blend of science and storytelling presents subtler capacities and incapacities of the self. He writes with compassion about the resilience and inventiveness of his patients, but he does not gloss over their suffering or their sometimes thwarted lives. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is said to have inspired a generation of neurologists. It was at the forefront of the narrative medicine movement, which emphasizes consideration of proprioception (the body's way of orienting itself and sensing the self) and the use of patients' narratives in healing. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is still read today by those curious about the human spirit and the connection between brain and mind.

Perspective and Narrator

The case studies in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat are narrated in the first person by author Dr. Oliver Sacks.

About the Title

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat consists of 24 case studies of Oliver Sacks's neurology patients. The case study that gives the book its title is about a man who suffers from visual agnosia. Although he can see, he has difficulty recognizing objects and people. As he leaves Oliver Sacks's office after an exam, he grasps his wife's head, thinking it is his hat.

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