The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales

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Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684853949
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks


Original Title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales

Presents a series of stories about men and women who, representing both medical and literary oddities, raise fundamental questions about the nature of reality

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales

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Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Odyssey Editions
ISBN: 1623730007
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks


Original Title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales

THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT brings together twenty-four of Oliver Sacks’ most fascinating and beloved case studies. The patients in these pages are confronted with almost inconceivably strange neurological disorders; in Sacks’ telling, their stories are a profound testament to the adaptability of the human brain and the resilience of the human spirit. Dr. Sacks treats each of his subjects—the amnesic fifty-year-old man who believes himself to be a young sailor in the Navy, the “disembodied” woman whose limbs have become alien to her, and of course the famous man who mistook his wife for a hat—with a deep respect for the unique individual living beneath the disorder. These tales inspire awe and empathy, allowing the reader to enter the uncanny worlds of those with autism, Alzheimer's, Tourette's syndrome, and other unfathomable neurological conditions. “One of the great clinical writers of the 20th century” (The New York Times), Dr. Sacks brings to vivid life some of the most fundamental questions about identity and the human mind.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

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Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 1743290020
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks


Original Title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

In his most extraordinary book, "one of the greatest clinical writers of the 20th century" (New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders. It 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; who are no longer able to recognise people and common objects; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents. If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr Sacks splendid and sympathetic retelling, deeply human.

L Uomo Che Scambi Sua Moglie Per Un Cappello

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Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Adelphi Edizioni spa
ISBN: 8845973433
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L Uomo Che Scambi Sua Moglie Per Un Cappello by Oliver Sacks


Original Title: L Uomo Che Scambi Sua Moglie Per Un Cappello

Oliver Sacks è un neurologo, ma il suo rapporto con la neurologia è simile a quello di Groddeck con la psicoanalisi. Perciò Sacks è anche molte altre cose: «Mi sento infatti medico e naturalista al tempo stesso; mi interessano in pari misura le malattie e le persone; e forse anche sono insieme, benché in modo insoddisfacente, un teorico e un drammaturgo, sono attratto dall’aspetto romanzesco non meno che da quello scientifico, e li vedo continuamente entrambi nella condizione umana, non ultima in quella che è la condizione umana per eccellenza, la malattia: gli animali si ammalano, ma solo l’uomo cade radicalmente in preda alla malattia». E anche questo va aggiunto: Sacks è uno scrittore con il quale i lettori stabiliscono un rapporto di tenace affezione, come fosse il medico che tutti hanno sognato e mai incontrato, quell’uomo che appartiene insieme alla scienza e alla malattia, che sa far parlare la malattia, che la vive ogni volta in tutta la sua pena e però la trasforma in un «intrattenimento da "Mille e una notte"». Questo libro, che si presenta come una serie di casi clinici, è un frammento di tali "Mille e una notte" – e ciò può aiutare a spiegare perché abbia raggiunto negli Stati Uniti un pubblico vastissimo. Nella maggior parte, questi casi – ma Sacks li chiama anche «storie o fiabe» – fanno parte dell’esperienza dell’autore. Così, un giorno, Sacks si è trovato dinanzi «l’uomo che scambiò sua moglie per un cappello» e «il marinaio perduto». Si presentavano come persone normali: l’uno illustre insegnante di musica, l’altro vigoroso uomo di mare. Ma in questi esseri si apriva una voragine invisibile: avevano perduto un pezzo della vita, qualcosa di costitutivo del sé. Il musicista carezza distrattamente i parchimetri credendo che siano teste di bambini. Il marinaio non può neppure essere ipnotizzato perché non ricorda le parole dette dall’ipnotizzatore un attimo prima. Che cosa vive, se non sa nulla di ciò che ha appena vissuto? Rispetto alla normalità, che è troppo complessa per essere capita, e tende a opacizzarsi nell’esperienza comune, tutti i «deficit» o gli eccessi di funzione, come li chiama la neurologia, sono squarci di luce, improvvisa trasparenza di processi che si tessono nel «telaio incantato» del cervello. Ma queste storie terribili e appassionanti tendono a rimanere imprigionate nei manuali. Sacks è il mago benefico che le riscatta, e per pura capacità di identificazione con la sofferenza, con la turba, con la perdita o l’infrenabile sovrabbondanza riesce a ristabilire un contatto, spesso labile, delicatissimo, sempre prezioso per i pazienti e per noi, con mondi remoti altrimenti muti. Questo è il libro di un nuotatore «in acque sconosciute, dove può accadere di dover capovolgere tutte le solite considerazioni, dove la malattia può essere benessere e la normalità malattia, dove l’eccitazione può essere schiavitù o liberazione e dove la realtà può trovarsi nell’ebbrezza, non nella sobrietà». "L’uomo che scambiò sua moglie per un cappello" è stato pubblicato per la prima volta a Londra nel 1985.

Gratitude

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Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Knopf Canada
ISBN: 0345811372
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Gratitude by Oliver Sacks


Original Title: Gratitude

A deeply moving testimony and celebration of how to embrace life. In January 2015, Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer, and he shared this news in a New York Times essay that inspired readers all over the world: "I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude.... Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure." Gratitude consists of four essays that originally appeared in The New York Times, accompanied by a foreword that describes the occasion of each chapter. The foreword is written by Billy Hayes, Oliver Sacks's partner, and Kate Edgar, his long time collaborator.

Uncle Tungsten

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Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0804172153
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Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks


Original Title: Uncle Tungsten

Long before Oliver Sacks became a distinguished neurologist and bestselling writer, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals–also by chemical reactions (the louder and smellier the better), photography, squids and cuttlefish, H.G. Wells, and the periodic table. In this endlessly charming and eloquent memoir, the author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings chronicles his love affair with science and the magnificently odd and sometimes harrowing childhood in which that love affair unfolded. In Uncle Tungsten we meet Sacks’ extraordinary family, from his surgeon mother (who introduces the fourteen-year-old Oliver to the art of human dissection) and his father, a family doctor who imbues in his son an early enthusiasm for housecalls, to his “Uncle Tungsten,” whose factory produces tungsten-filament lightbulbs. We follow the young Oliver as he is exiled at the age of six to a grim, sadistic boarding school to escape the London Blitz, and later watch as he sets about passionately reliving the exploits of his chemical heroes–in his own home laboratory. Uncle Tungsten is a crystalline view of a brilliant young mind springing to life, a story of growing up which is by turns elegiac, comic, and wistful, full of the electrifying joy of discovery.

Hallucinations

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Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 1743299710
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Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks


Original Title: Hallucinations

Have you ever seen something that wasn't really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing? Hallucinations don't belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. In some conditions, hallucinations can lead to religious epiphanies or even the feeling of leaving one's own body. Humans have always sought such life-changing visions, and for thousands of years have used hallucinogenic compounds to achieve them. In this book, with his usual elegance, curiosity and compassion, Dr Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture's folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition.

Musicophilia

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Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330471139
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Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks


Original Title: Musicophilia

‘A humane discourse on the fragility of our minds, of the bodies that give rise to them, and of the world they create for us. This book is filled with wonders’ Daily Telegraph Oliver Sacks’ compassionate tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own minds. In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians and everyday people – those struck by affliction, unusual talent and even, in one case, by lightning – to show not only that music occupies more areas of our brain than language does, but also that it can torment, calm, organize and heal. Always wise and compellingly readable, these stories alter our conception of who we are and how we function, and show us an essential part of what it is to be human.

Awakenings

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Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307834093
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Awakenings by Oliver Sacks


Original Title: Awakenings

Awakenings--which inspired the major motion picture--is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, "awakening" effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and the extraordinary transformations which went with their reintroduction to a changed world.

The Island Of The Colorblind

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Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0345805895
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The Island Of The Colorblind by Oliver Sacks


Original Title: The Island Of The Colorblind

Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands--their remoteness, their mystery, above all the unique forms of life they harbor. For him, islands conjure up equally the romance of Melville and Stevenson, the adventure of Magellan and Cook, and the scientific wonder of Darwin and Wallace. Drawn to the tiny Pacific atoll of Pingelap by intriguing reports of an isolated community of islanders born totally color-blind, Sacks finds himself setting up a clinic in a one-room island dispensary, where he listens to these achromatopic islanders describe their colorless world in rich terms of pattern and tone, luminance and shadow. And on Guam, where he goes to investigate the puzzling neurodegenerative paralysis endemic there for a century, he becomes, for a brief time, an island neurologist, making house calls with his colleague John Steele, amid crowing cockerels, cycad jungles, and the remains of a colonial culture. The islands reawaken Sacks's lifelong passion for botany--in particular, for the primitive cycad trees, whose existence dates back to the Paleozoic--and the cycads are the starting point for an intensely personal reflection on the meaning of islands, the dissemination of species, the genesis of disease, and the nature of deep geologic time. Out of an unexpected journey, Sacks has woven an unforgettable narrative which immerses us in the romance of island life, and shares his own compelling vision of the complexities of being human. From the Hardcover edition.

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