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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat | Oliver Sacks
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.
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Magpiegem
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And with an hour to spare I finished my final #booked2021 prompt. It was interesting but I found some of the very outdated language hard to stomach and I wonder if this had been updated in later issues? Thank you so much to @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage & @4thhouseontheleft for hosting this challenge. It has broadened my reading, introduced me to new authors I love and helped my TBR. I‘m feeling pretty proud of myself for completing it 😁

BarbaraTheBibliophage Wowza! Great job!! 3w
Cinfhen Yay!!!!! Well done 👍🏽 Here's the link for final quarter of #Booked2021 🎊♥️🎊♥️

https://forms.gle/dsgdzAv3TxV79wbMA
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Magpiegem @Cinfhen thank you I‘ve just filled in my form. And thank you to all 3 of you again for this challenge. It has been a really positive focus for me in this difficult last year xx 3w
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Magpiegem
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In order to complete the #getbooked2021 challenge I must finish this book today! Not that I‘m a cut it fine type of person or anything! 😬 Wish me luck!!

Cinfhen Good luck 🍀👍🏻 Ive heard this book is wonderful 😊Happy New Year 3w
rockpools Good luck! 3w
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mandarchy
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This book was fascinating. Lots of stories about defectology - I'm glad we call it neurodiversity today. This paragraph really hits home. I wish my son had autism instead of schizophrenia. You can talk about autism. Schizophrenia is unspeakable. There's so much to learn about the brain and its not the end of the world. #endthestigma

WJCintron Agree!! ❤ Didn't know about that book. I'll add it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing. I tagged a book I read, it's a YA book, fiction, but there are parts that are really good. You can see the point of view of the boy and what medication does, which unfortunately it's like that, they over medicate, or not medicate at all or change medication a LOT. Not fair, and that's what I like about the book. I don't know if you read it. 2mo
mandarchy @WJCintron I haven't read that. I'll have to check it out. Medication is crazy. My favorite med problem is when they change the color shape or size of a med used by a paranoid schizophrenic. 🤔 really makes it hard to stay with the program. 2mo
mandarchy @WJCintron wow! I just looked at it and added it to my tbr list. Looks really good. 2mo
WJCintron @mandarchy It gets better as you read. LOVE that you are in his head, and get to see what he's thinking, feeling and how he reacts to medication. They made a movie. I didn't like it at ALL! lol maybe it's just me, but the book is way better. The theme of religion at first, I didn't like all the criticism, it hit a nerve, but then that stops and you see the purpose at the end. Hope you like it! 👍 😃 2mo
mandarchy @WJCintron when I looked at the book profile I saw that they had made a movie, but the reviews didn't look good. 2mo
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mandarchy
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#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWith 😊 @DarkMina

😃 😊 😀 My friend's baby snuck away and came to my library and ran amuck while I was teaching. I don't know how he opened the heavy door! But my third graders were pleased to have an interruption and he was really cute. 😁 😊 😄
🦀 🙁 ☹️ getting near the end and everyone needs mom all of a sudden 👎 😠 😡

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 2mo
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mandarchy
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I have been passively seeking this book for so long that I actually bought the Kindle edition. I never... almost never pay for books. But it keeps getting referred to in so much of what I read. So finally started this last night.

DivineDiana This was referred to me by my Sister years ago, and I would like to read at some point. Looking forward to what you think! 2mo
mandarchy @DivineDiana I'm only two chapters in and it's fascinating. The brain is remarkably misunderstood. 2mo
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Magpiegem
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Starting my push towards finishing #booked2021 in earnest with this one by Dr Oliver Sacks, who I would say, along with the patients he talks about, is the main character. I think this year it is so important to remember that mental health doctors are key workers too.

Cinfhen This book is meant to be brilliant ❣️❣️❣️ 2mo
Cinfhen Also lovely view!! Do you live by a beach??? 2mo
Magpiegem @Cinfhen yes I live in Brighton on the south coast of England. The weather has just turned wild and wintery. I had a very windy walk along the beach yesterday and stopped for a hot apple to warm up 😊 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m SO JEALOUS you get to look at the sea everyday - #LifeGoals 2mo
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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 74.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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Mandigolightly
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Panpan

I didn‘t like this as much as I thought I would. A large part of that is likely due to the book‘s age. Much of the language and perspectives are extremely outdated 2/5 ⭐️
Book #57 of 2020

Prairiegirl_reading Thanks for the review, helps me get that one of my tbr! 1y
JessNevertheless Great perspective! I hated this book and never could articulate why but the outdated-ness was certainly a part of it 1y
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Kayla8
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Fascinating neurological case studies!
Would recommend to anyone with a medical background/interest in medicine, especially those particularly intrigued by neurology.
👩🏻‍⚕️🩺🧠

Full GoodReads Review Below ⬇️
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3151619964

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Kayla8
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Sitting out on my deck in the morning with a cup of coffee, a good book, and the sunrise - my favorite way to start the day.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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I‘ve not read it but I have wondered what a #strangetitle this is, when I first came across the book. Later I found out it‘s a collection of case studies relating to various neurological disorders by neurologist Dr Oliver Sacks.

#BiblioMaynia

ju.ca.no I also have this on my wishlist, mainly due to the strange title😅 but it does also sound interesting 😊 2y
emilyhaldi I found this book fascinating!! Oliver Sacks is brilliant ✨ 2y
Balibee146 Read it many years ago... This edition too... Fascinating 2y
OriginalCyn620 Very interesting title! 2y
umbrellagirl Love the Magritte-esque cover! 2y
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Joanne1
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The tagged book is my April #doublespin. It‘s interesting but quite clinical so I‘m breaking it up with my very funny #triplespin April book. The cat on the front cover is how I feel after a day home schooling my two children!

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jenniferw88
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Mehso-so

3 1/2 🌟

I was sad reading the mentions of Parkinson's Disease because my Granddad died from it, and Paul Sinha (off #TheChase) is now suffering from it.

The last chapter really annoyed me though - again, due to #TheChase - it's called 'The Autist Artist'. Cindy, who am I thinking of lol?!

#booked2020 #hatorheadcoveringonthecover @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage Perfect pick! 2y
Cinfhen I know EXACTLY who you‘re thinking of ☺️❤️ 2y
jenniferw88 Third virtual book for #MarchUnshelfing @Clwojick 2y
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jenniferw88
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This would have been similar to Captain America's experience if he was real.

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lou-p-lou
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Pickpick

Fascinating insight into the pathologies associated with neurological diseases.

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Blackink_WhitePaper
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You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realise that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all... our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we are nothing...(I can only wait for the final amnesia, the one that can erase an entire life, as it did my mother‘s...)
Luis Bunuel #weekendreading #holiday #favoritelines

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Croissonter
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Pickpick

This Oliver Sacks guy is a genius.

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jenniferw88
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#booked2020 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

This is the first of 2 posts about books I'm thinking of using for the prompts. 3 #liveandlearn might change (it's already changed once!) I probably have books for prompts 5, 6, 7, 12 & 13 but going to go by my mood to fill these.

Just found prompt 8 - Not My Father's Son - Alan Cumming!

4thhouseontheleft Great selections! I will probably read at least 5 books for the #liveandlearn prompt! 😂 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m so anxious to start planning—fun to see your starting picks! 😘 2y
Cinfhen Ohhhh!!! If I didn‘t already own 4 books that work for #2 I‘d use your pick 🎩clever choice!!! 2y
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Jari-chan
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Mehso-so

Some cases Sacks tells us about were indeed interesting to read. I was surprised about what can happen out therr in the big world.

But as for me most parts of it were mostly irrelevant. A lot can change in 35 years time. For professionals and relatives/friends it is an important and sure as well helpful book.

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Jari-chan
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Mysterio being #mysterious 😱

#Fallisbooked

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Rissa1
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Mehso-so

Some of this stories were very interesting, some not so much, all were incredibly dated. Overall it was an ok read.

Picture of random price list found in the book.

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Rissa1
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My plans for this gloomy day. #rainydaysareforreading

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gradcat
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#LilithJuly

(Day 9 - #TheHat)

*I thought this one would be too obvious; nevertheless, I love this cover...very amusing.

Cinfhen I‘ve seen so much praise for this book 💜 3y
Leftcoastzen It‘s a great book ! Sacks makes psychological topics very readable. 3y
Susannah That cover is perfect. 3y
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KarenUK Love that cover 😍 3y
LiterRohde Wow. I was not expecting that to be nonfiction. 🤯 3y
JamieArc I‘m a sucker for Magritte references 😁 3y
gradcat @Cinfhen I agree with @Leftcoastzen ... it is a great book—as are others he wrote—he is sorely missed! 3y
gradcat @Susannah @KarenUK @JamieArc I wish I owned the edition with the Magritte reference on the cover. I own the book, only not with that cover—I agree, this cover is excellent! 3y
gradcat @LiterRohde I know, right? But how about this title (tagged), and it is fiction. I love them both! 3y
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Kalalalatja
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I haven‘t read this, but it has been on my tbr for ages!

#TheHat #LillithJuly

Cinfhen @sisilia raved about this one 💘💘💘💘💘 3y
KarenUK On mine for ages too....🤦‍♀️ 3y
sisilia I love Oliver Sacks 💖 @Cinfhen I haven‘t read this one but loved his memoir 3y
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kspenmoll Definitely read it! 3y
ju.ca.no Oh it‘s on mine as well😂 3y
Moray_Reads Mine too 🙄 2y
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Caffeinated_Reader
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#70 of my year. I‘m waiting for my Shadow & Bones trilogy to come in the mail tomorrow so decided to pick up this short book. Definitely looking forward to collecting more of his books🤓🥰

Caffeinated_Reader 4/5 ⭐️Crazy! It‘s amazing to read about all the excitement surrounding rare diagnosis from the 70s and 80s. It was mostly surprising the ages in which a lot of the disorders were onset. Very scary disorders. 3y
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hefau
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I‘ve wanted to read this book for a while, but I was a bit underwhelmed. The stories of patients are fascinating. It seems that Sacks did care about uncovering the mechanisms of the brain; however, he‘s hopelessly full of himself. He goes on philosophical rants for pages and pages. I‘m interested in the patients and their afflictions, not how well-read or clever Sacks thinks he is.

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hefau
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I got my newest book haul today!

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speljamr
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I loved this volume of clinical stories and continue to find myself fascinated by the brain. Most of the chapters are well written prose and within reach of the non-technical reader. There were a couple though, maybe originally written for a different audience, that were a little tougher to get through.

#neurology

SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime i read this year's ago as a Psych major, great collection! 3y
rwmg Have you read his memoirs? Such an interesting life. 3y
speljamr @rwmg Not yet. I have a bunch of his books on my to read pile. I've read Hallucinations. 3y
rwmg I've got A Leg To Stand On on my virtual TBR shelf 3y
Abby2 I read everything of his. Fascinating. 3y
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speljamr
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Late night dinner: Sriracha chicken with purple rice and green beans.

(Yes, I know, this rice again. I love this stuff.)

#BookAndDinner

AndreaLove Yummy!! 3y
Cathythoughts I think I would love that rice too 👍🏻 3y
Velvetfur Purple rice?! I must find some! Looks fab, all of it👍 3y
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LibrarianJen Yum! Also, that book title 💖💖💖 3y
khusyaia Purple rice ? Im asian and i never heard about it. Lol 3y
speljamr @khusyaia It also goes by the name black rice and forbidden rice. I believe it is Korean? 3y
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speljamr
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We continue with our Wednesday night dinner and a book. This week we have grilled chicken strips, parmesan garlic angel hair pasta, peas, and a Rosé hard cider. All with some background music from Tears Run Rings.

#BookNDinner

rwmg Love Oliver Sacks 3y
ElizaMarie So ??? I‘m curious about this... do you just have dinner and read every Wednesday? I like this! 3y
speljamr @ElizaMarie I'm a divorced single dad, and Wednesday night is one of my kid free nights. There hasn't been much to do lately, so I've just turned it into self care time with food and reading. 3y
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Shemac77 Angry Orchard and Sacks!! 3y
Reviewsbylola I used to read with meals all the time as a kid. I may have to implement that with my own kids. 3y
ElizaMarie Well I‘m all about self care! Enjoy your dinner! 3y
Honeybeebooks Love this book. It was a gift from our son. It may seem an odd choice but he got it right. 3y
hollylynnbee I had to read this for school and fell in love with it. 3y
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ShannonColleen
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Excited for a new book and a warm bath 😍

Crazeedi Great book 3y
ShannonColleen @Crazeedi it has been in my TBR pile for a while now! So excited to finally dive into it! 3y
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jenniferw88
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Not all of these are #sillytitle(s), but they are pretty funny! #SisforSeptember @CaliforniaCay

IamIamIam I really enjoyed this, but it's not light reading by any means! I also have Awakenings to get to but too much neuroscience is hard on the layman!!! 🤣❤👌 3y
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Regi_C
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Mehso-so

Note how it says "...and Other Clinical Tales" there in the title. This book definitely is technical, and it can easily go over your head if you don't have a base understanding of neuroscience. It's great if you feel like you want to challenge your understanding, but I don't recommend it as a light read.

#nonfiction #sciencewriting

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Oblomov26
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Well it is called a classic for a reason. The takeaway for me is that all we are exists in the grey matter between the ears, damage it and we can change or go away entirely. Damage which means a man can not recognise faces or even common items, which impacts memory so badly that thirty years of memory are lost, which means you can no longer recognise the concept of left, or providing ecstatic visions associated with mystics. Brilliant and profound

Vexingcircumstance At the same time, though, the brain can do amazing things. People sometimes heal completely from horrific looking brain injuries. Then there are disorders, like the one my daughter has, where babies are born missing parts of their brain & they are still able to learn to do the things usually controlled by the parts they are missing because new neural pathways form. Our brains are complex & it‘s not as simple as remove a part & we are no more. 4y
Oblomov26 @Vexingcircumstance no arguments on this- our brains have an amazing ability to recreate what is lost. But it is our brain, that amazing grey matter which recognises the damage and creates an alternative way to achieve a solution given the tools available. It is still resources available. This is where we are amazing; we can reroute the structure to create a solution. When Sacks was writing this we were only realising this malleability. 4y
Bronte_Chintz I loved this book! So through provoking! 4y
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ephemeralwaltz
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These are a couple of #borrowedbooks I have at the moment. I keep a strict log of which books I've lent and which books I've borrowed aaaaand since I trust my friends and they trust me, everything works out. ☺️

#MarchInBooks

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Gezemice
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Panpan

I am so angry right now. I can‘t take another word of this self-righteous, ignorant, judgmental narrative masquerading as compassion. I am close to the end but I can‘t bear to finish. I just want to fling my phone (I was taking the audiobook route) to the wall and scream, NO! NO! NO!!! These are people, not freaks, idiots, morons, retards!!!
This book is dated to the point of blood boiling. I can‘t recommend it to a 21st century reader.

Puredragonstar Uh oh.... I bought this on audio.... 4y
Puredragonstar Uh oh, I'm also going into psychology... Is he bashing people with mental conditions? 😡 4y
Gezemice @Puredragonstar Well, you could say he is the product of his time. And the beginning is rather interesting. There are many interesting stories. But for me it got all obliterated when I got to Part 4 and literally every sentence had multiple terms that are now derogatory. The narrator was very good, that made it worse. It made me physically ill. I literally was seething with anger. You might not get that reaction. 4y
Gezemice @Puredragonstar You could also just skip that section and then it is relatively good. But for me his way of looking at his patients in part 4 was inexcusable and put the rest of the book in that light, also. 4y
IllyallI I'm having trouble understanding the problem, is it just that he is using outdated medical terms that were the norm for his age or is he evidently being uncompassionate to his patients? 4y
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IamIamIam
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Sacks does an excellent job of turning case notes into compelling narratives but this remains a very clinical book. It's important to remember that the first copyright is 1970, especially when you get into the chapter on "retardates" and the foremost authority who worked at the Institute of Defectology ?. I skimmed that chapter at best. You'll need a basic knowledge of psychology and some neuroscience for a clear understanding of many stories.

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taning
Pickpick

The brain is very interesting

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emilyhaldi
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heyitsMacall The brain is so crazy! I️ love this 4y
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bookworm.krizia
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Mehso-so

As a therapist who studied and works with some of the people described in this book, all I can say is that I can relate. The stories were fascinating and sad at the same time. However, I really took a long time finishing the book. I feel like I was back in college reading journals. The book just couldn't hold my attention for long.

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arlenefinnigan
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Cinfhen Really want to read Oliver Sacks since @emilyhaldi posted about one of his books...which I‘m blanking on the title.... 4y
emilyhaldi I have a few Oliver Sacks books and have yet to read them! (Aside from Gratitude). I need to read your tagged book stat! @Cinfhen I think the book you‘re referring to is 4y
Cinfhen I think it might be the book written by his partner I was thinking of @emilyhaldi (edited) 4y
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Listener15
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A solid book but, for me, not overly fantastic. There were parts that were amazing but mostly just good. It really shines when he is writing about specific cases. It feels a little dated in parts and could use some defining of the medical terms for “idiot” and the such. The narrator, Johnathan Davis, did a wonderful job and reminded me at times of Scott Brick. Overall, decent book and worth picking up in a sale or at your library.

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mcknighteous
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"There are moments, and it is only a matter of five or six seconds, when you feel the presence of the eternal harmony... a terrible thing is the frightful clearness with which it manifests itself and the rapture with which it fills you. If this state were to last more than five seconds, the soul could not endure it and it would have to disappear."

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tricours
Mehso-so

Not as interesting as I thought it would be. I did like the parts about freakish mathematics skills and the idea of mathematics as music, and wouldn't mind reading more about that. It's fascinating what weird things can go wrong with people's minds, but I didn't really like the format of the book.

Minervasbutler Agree. Read it years ago and thought the best thing about it was the title ;) 4y
LauraJ You may want to try one of V S Ramachandran's books. He covers similar stories and I really like his writing. 4y
tricours @LauraJ thanks for the rec! 4y
Zelma I bailed on this one for the same reason. It just wasn't as compelling and readable as I excepted. 4y
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m.galehuxley
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I just finished a fiction book that I really liked, and I'm having trouble getting into another fictional world. I want something really scary. But, until I find the right book, I'll turn to Oliver Sacks. He has never disappointed.

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Readerann
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As always, interesting work from Oliver Sacks. I admire him most for his compassion with his patients, and I continuue to be sad he is no longer with us. My first book (already in progress) finished for #24in48 - at 3 hr, 13 min so far. I'm busy for the evening now, but tomorrow is devoted to reading!