The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks 

Sacks is famous primarily for his 1973 book “Awakenings” documenting the cases of those patients who he had suddenly revived from a decades long “sleep” brought on by the sleepy-sickness of the 1920s. However, this book hasn’t been well put together, as you would expect of a novel. But it isn’t a novel; it is merely a series of case notes detailing the cases of various patients with neurological conditions. However, the accounts are told with such love and sympathy that they are a joy to read. It is wonderful to read how even the most mentally debilitated and anguished patients can find solace, hope and joy in the world around them, as well as the world within. Also, it’s interesting to note what tendencies of mental illness you yourself exhibit, if only slightly.

 

Mr A

 

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