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A Leg to Stand On
A Leg to Stand On | Oliver Sacks
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Dr. Oliver Sacks's books Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars and the bestselling The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat have been acclaimed for their extraordinary compassion in the treatment of patients affected with profound disorders. In A Leg to Stand On, it is Sacks himself who is the patient: an encounter with a bull on a desolate mountain in Norway has left him with a severely damaged leg. But what should be a routine recuperation is actually the beginning of a strange medical journey when he finds that his leg uncannily no longer feels part of his body. Sacks's brilliant description of his crisis and eventual recovery is not only an illuminating examination of the experience of patienthood and the inner nature of illness and health but also a fascinating exploration of the physical basis of identity.
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A Leg to Stand On | Oliver Sacks
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This book is an easy and fascinating read until the end— at which point it‘s probably most enjoyable for students of medicine, medical humanities, or psychology. Anyone trying to recover from a debilitating injury, or simply trying to understand what it is like to be a patient, should read this. I‘m keeping on my bookshelf to reread down the road when I want to come back to Dr. Sacks‘ neuropsychological experiences and theories.

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