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If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self - himself - he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it.
In this extraordinary book, Dr Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder. Here are people who can no longer recognize everyday objects or those they love; who are stricken with violent tics or shout involuntary obscenities; who have been dismissed as autistic or retarded, yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents. If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales illuminate what it means to be human.
A provocative exploration of the mysteries of the human mind, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is a million-copy bestseller by the twentieth century's greatest neurologist.
'A gripping journey into the recesses of the human mind'
'Populated by a cast as strange as that of the most fantastic fiction. Dr Sacks shows the awesome powers of our mind and just how delicately balanced they have to be'
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- ASIN : B00M4406DQ
- Editorial : Picador; Reprints edición (15 diciembre 2014)
- Idioma : Inglés
- Tamaño del archivo : 2807 KB
- Texto a voz : Activado
- Tipografía mejorada : Activado
- X-Ray : Activado
- Word Wise : Activado
- Longitud de impresión : 289 páginas
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº44,640 en Tienda Kindle (Ver el Top 100 en Tienda Kindle)
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What we have is a seemingly random series of accounts of patients, who had failed with other medical professionals, but who succeeded insofar as it was possible with him. Beneath the surface there is the irritant of Sacks’ egocentricity.
We are introduced to a wide range of neurological conditions: tilting bodies, aphasia, Parkinson’s, Tourette’s syndrome, autism and others. Some are really extraordinary, such as the identical twins suffering from autism, who have an astonishing ability to see numbers, often of numerous digits, provided that they are prime numbers. There seems to be little doubt that Sacks drew out special abilities in many different fields that others had overlooked owing to pigeon-holing the subjects, often in the light of their tested IQs. There is plenty of scientific reference to underpin Sacks’ conclusions. What we do not have is the broader contexts in which these people lived: their social connections, often whether or not they are permanently in institutions or whether they are able to function to a degree within society at large.
I don’t think that I have really answered my own question, but hope that I might have given a few pointers as to why I am unable to enthuse more warmly about this book.
Indeed it reads like a list of his consultations, in no particular order or connection. Symptoms and conditions are described but without any real compassion or insight, but almost with a sense of scientific analysis. I was left with a feeling that these poor individuals appeared to paraded as oddities, somewhat of a circus sideshow.
Eventually I gave up, and it took me few months to venture into another of Sacks’ books “Musicophilia” – which was extremely compelling, fascinating and highly compassionate. This is a book I would highly recommend.