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“The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat” written by Oliver Sacks is told in brief case studies revolving around a particular aspect of neurology. The book was split into sections each one covering a different aspect of neurology. The first part focuses on deficits, of ordinary functions of the brain. Most of the people in the story were able to improve the state of their condition with the help of Sacks. For example, one of Sacks patients, Mr. MacGregor, suffered from Parkinson’s disease causing him to tilt to the left. Sacks helped him by making an altered carpenters level using Macgregor’s glasses and a tiny pendulum. These glasses allowed him to stand and walk relatively straight. The next part is on neurological illnesses that happen where this is too much of a certain mental process. During this Sacks talks about the patients average life and what the illnesses do to it, rather than just stating the scientific facts. One of the stories told of a man, William Thompson, who could not remember anything for a prolonged amount of time, but every time he forgot he would come up with a new and unique backstory and personality to make up for not having one. Each of these tales is distinct and equally interesting. Oliver Sacks is an unsung genius telling personal, truthful tales of people suffering from some type of neurological disorder. When I chose this book I never expected it to be so enthralling.  I chose the book because the brain has always been captivating, there is so much to learn about the brain so I picked the book to strengthen my knowledge. I went into the book with high expectations, but Oliver Sacks blew them away. The captivating, engrossing stories hold your attention until the very last word. This story has extremely important information within it, it truly makes one think This book opens your eyes to the world of neurological illnesses. The facts I learned in the first chapter outnumbered the amount of facts I knew beforehand. You would think a book with this much information packed into it would be boring and tedious, but the book is so much more than that. Oliver Sacks tells of very special, individual real-life tales.  Some of the tales sound like something out of a movie. When I read the piece on Christina, she was a woman who lost all of her proprioception, she felt as if she was disembodied. Proprioception is one of your “sixth senses” it is the knowledge of where your limbs or body parts are in relation to each other and the body. Without it we would never be in control, we would barely be able to move. When I was reading the tale my jaw dropped to the floor, before reading it I thought disembodiment was something from a “science experiment gone wrong” movie, but apparently it is real life and that just shocks me. This book gives you a wake-up call to reality, realizing that we should appreciate the things we have. Ever since reading this book my life has been altered, I find myself referencing facts I’ve learned and understanding why some things work the way they do. Oliver Sacks tells the story not just to point out the people’s flaws but to highlight their good, and show that no matter what people struggle with they all have talents. For example, Dr.P, the man who suffered from visual agnosia, was exceptional at music, and he didn’t let his deficit stop him from living happily and enjoying playing music. Oliver Sacks also helped people live with their illnesses, he never gave up on them, and although he worked professionally he gained a personal connection with each and every patient. Everyone would benefit from this information, this book opens your eyes  to the world of neurological illnesses. He made the illnesses seem more human rather than alien. He focused on the patients emotions and actions rather than just the facts and science of the case. Oliver Sacks brought light to these rare cases and showed that everyone is human. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in science, particularly neurology, or anyone who likes an interesting nonfiction story. ¨The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat,” written by Oliver Sacks told of emotional and human case studies that revolved around the brain.


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