In his most extraordinary audiobook, ?one of the great clinical
writers of the twentieth century? ("The New York Times") recounts
the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently
inescapable world of neurological disorders. Oliver Sacks's "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; patients no longer able to
recognize people and common objects; patients stricken with violent
tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; patients
whose limbs have become alien; patients who have been dismissed as
retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical
If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr.
Sacks's splendid and sympathetic telling, deeply human. They are
studies of life struggling against incredible adversity, and they
enable us to enter the world of the neurologically impaired to
imagine with our hearts what it must be to live and feel as they
do. A great healer, Sacks never loses sight of medicine's ultimate
responsibility: ?the suffering, afflicted, fighting human
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