Der Mann, der seine Frau mit einem Hut verwechselte (Spiegel-Edition, #12)
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Der Mann, der seine Frau mit einem Hut verwechselte
OT The man who mistook his wife for a hat and other clinical tales OA 1985 DE 1987 Form Fallgeschichten Epoche Gegenwart
Oliver Sacks berühmtestes Buch Der Mann, der seine Frau mit einem Hut verwechselte versammelt 24 Geschichten von Menschen mit seltsamen, sich auf die Persönlichkeit auswirkenden neurologischen Störungen....more
Hardcover, Spiegel-Edition Band 12, 320 pages
Published October 9th 2006 by Spiegel-Verlag (first published 1985)
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Dear Dr. Sacks,
On page 112 of the paperback edition of your book, the second paragraph begins with the following sentence:
"And with this, no feeling that he has lost feeling (for the feeling he has lost), no feeling that he has lost the depth, that unfathomable, mysterious, myriad-levelled depth which somehow defines identity or reality."
I've read this sentence at least twelve times, and I still don't even have the slightest inkling of what the hell it means. What is the subject? What is the ve...more
Despite so many people recommending this book, my high expectations were disappointed. Yes, it's perversely interesting to hear about neurological conundrums that afflict people in peculiar ways, but Sacks isn't a particularly good writer, nor does he have a good grasp on his audience. At times he obliquely refers to medical syndromes or footnotes other neurologists, as if he is writing for a technical physician audience, but on the whole his stories are too simplistic to engage such an audience...more
Huda Yahya
كيف يمكن لإنسانٍ أن يخسر هويته ولا يدري خسارته
كيف يتحول معنى الهوية بروحه إلى لا معنى،،إلى لاشئ؟

في هذا الكتاب تتعلم من جديد إحترام الإنسانية
فجنون أدب العبث ولامنطقيته يتجسد هنا في نماذج حقيقة لبشرٍ يفتشون عن بقاياهم المتناثرة في الكون العابث بهم والمنتظر لردود أفعالهم التي تأتي مذهلة وغير متوقعة

هنا نتعلم معانٍ جديدة لكلمتي
مأســـاة و نضـــال

هنا يتجلى الوجع الإنساني وغرائبه وضياعه الفلسفي المتجسد في أمراضٍ عصبية عجيبة ومثيرة للدهشة

كلنا هذا الكائن المسكين الضائع في الكون الضخم والباحث عن هويته
I first heard about this book when my biology professor mentioned it in class in reference to right-brain and left-brain disorders. Just last year, I had the good fortune to see the author himself - Dr. Sacks - speak at the university in my hometown. He was a dynamic and entertaining speaker and from then on, I resolved to try out his books. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat matched its author. The book is a collection of case studies on Dr. Sacks's patients with neurological disorders. Sac...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
This is not only an informative work on neurological disorders, but a humbling meditation on the beauty of imperfection. Through entering the worlds of a number of "limited" individuals, Sacks reveals the brain's (and therefore the individual's) remarkable ability to overcompensate for cognitive deficiencies. As a result of these heightened states of perception, the often frightening and infinitely compelling worlds of each individual are manifested in the means with which they organize and enga...more
وعندما همَّ السيد "بي" بالمغادرة ، ودَّع الطبيب و مدَّ يده ليتناول قبعته وأمسك بدلاً منها برأس زوجته ........ ومن هنا جاءت تسمية الكتاب (الرجل الذي حسب زوجته قبعة) ، ولمعرفة السبب والتفاصيل أدعوكم لقراءة الكتاب

الكتاب يتناول مجموعة من الاضطرابات العصبية الغريبة و النادرة، مشروحة بطريقة مبسطة سهلت الفهم ... ولأنني أملك خلفية/اهتمامات طبية لم أجد الكتاب معقداً وكان أشبه بالمراجعة، وأعتقد أن الكتاب في متناول الجميع بكافة المستويات

الكتاب مُقسَّم لأربعة أقسام، كل قسم يتناول مجموعة من الحالات المرضية م
aljouharah altheeyb
هذا الكتاب المُذهل الرائع يقدم لك فرضية مُخيفة ومرعبة بمضمونها، لكنها - وللأسف - تحدث كثيراً ..
المرعب في الأمر أنه لا أحد يعلم بحدوثها حتى تحصل إنتكاسة أو ميلان غير طبيعي في التصرفات.

تخيل معي لبرهة شكل الدماغ الإنساني، هو يتكون من فصين ( أيمن وأيسر )، من المعروف أن الفص الأيسر يتحكم بالعمليات التخطيطية والتفكير الإستراتيجي والعمل ..
لكن الفص الأيمن، المتكفل بالخيال والربط “ العقلاني” ..
ماذا سيحدث إن فشل جزء من، أو قُطع عمل عدة خلايا من أحد هذين الفصين ؟!
في الفص الأيسر سيُلاحظ الخلل على الفور...more
I picked up this book because I am a fan of Oliver Sacks and his various speaking engagements (lectures, public radio interviews, etc)...but I have to say I was fairly nonplussed with it.

While the case studies in and of themselves make for interesting reading, the tone of the writing is fairly "clinical" and...removed. Despite the review blurbs stating that these are "personal" and "touchingly human" looks at neurological disorders, I saw only a few glimpses of this warmth (an example that sprin...more
Laala Alghata
This book isn't easy to review, because it's not a novel, or short story collection; it's not poetry, or essays. It's straight up non-fiction in the form of case studies and clinical analysis of different bizarre neurological cases that Oliver Sacks came across. There's everything from the titular character -- a man who really did mistake his wife for his hat -- to people with Tourette's, both severe and manageable; from excesses to people with IQs of 60 but who possess amazing talents.

There is...more
Over the course of his long career as a neurologist, Sacks has had plenty of interesting cases. It makes you appreciate what a complex organ the brain is when you see all the different ways that impairments can manifest themselves. Sacks is at his best when he's describing the most unusual quirks. The first chapter -- the case that gives the book its title -- is a good lead-in to the weird behaviors that follow.

At the time the book was written, these disorders must have seemed even more unusual....more
Very interesting neurological case studies that begged me to reconsider intelligence and "normalcy" particularly in terms of visual perception and its relationship to reality. Also fascinating was the profound structure that the arts (he specifically mentions music, dance, story-telling and drawing) provide for those with the inability to form or develop conceptual frameworks. Indeed, it seems that the fine arts aren't just high-concepts of beauty and art, but healing mechanisms crucial to many...more
A very well-written discussion of fascinating and, in some instances, very rare neurological syndromes. Recommended for those who are interested in the varied and often devastating effects of brain pathology on the human experience and quality of life. Dr. Sacks’ abiding concern for the welfare of his patients, and the long-term emotional trauma that many of them suffer, comes through very clearly in his prose. The depth of his insights into the patients’ mental states is also quite remarkable....more
اول مرة اقرأ هذا النوع من الكتب، كانت تجربة جميلة ومفيدة.
يتحدث الكتاب عن الامراض العصبية الفريدة بأسلوب قصصي مركّزا على الناحية الشخصية للمريض فهو لايتناول المرض بشكل مستقل عن المريض كما تعودنا سابقا.
كما يلجأ لعلاج كل منهم بما يتوافق مع شخصيته واحتياجاته في الحياة، ويسعى لتعزيز الجوانب السليمة عند المريض فيفسح المجال لظهور ابداعات في الموسيقا او المسرح او الرسم او الحساب وهذا ماظهر جليا في الصفحات الاخيرة حين تحدث عن النوابغ البله.

اكثر مازعجني في الكتاب هو كثرة التفاصيل والاسلوب الجامد قليلا...more
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Muhammed Hebala
[English / Arabic review]
الريفيو العربي بعد الريفيو الإنجليزي

" Is there any 'place' in the world for a man who is like an island, who cannot be accultured, made part of the main? Can 'the main' accommodate, make room for, the singular? "

That was the main inquiry of this insightful, compassionate, moving and Remarkable book.. the lucidity and power of a gifted writer.

A wonderful book … full of wonder, wonders and wondering. Sacks brings to these often unhappy people understanding, sympathy, and...more
Lina AL Ojaili
ممتع في هذا كتاب تعرف على حالات خلل دماغي كيف يفكرون، وكيف تنعكس تصرفاتهم على الآخرين؟ كيف يرون الأشخاص، وكيف تبدو لهم الأشياء بصور مختلفة تمامًا عمّا نراه؟
Hmmm.. what to say, what to say...
I did enjoy reading Sacks' observations and perceptions of his patients ('clients') with their various - and quite bizarre - ailments and conditions, but only on the level of intellectual curiosity.
On another (visceral?) level my reactions were much more complex and I'm not entirely sure I can communicate effectively how reading this book made me feel.
Trying to analyse these feelings, I had an enormous empathy for the souls concerned and was greatly moved by the...more
[Name Redacted By Goodreads Because Irrelevant to Review]
A gorgeously-written and accessible introduction to the world which straddles the line between neurology and psychology. Sacks is a literate, artistically-minded man (who had a fondness for drugs himself, though he doesn't explicitly discuss that in this book) and helped revolutionize the psychological case study by focusing on his patients' abilities and adaptations rather than their disabilities and stagnations. It's an artefact of its time, so some of the information is no longer current and...more
Jessica La La La La La!
“You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize 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 Buñuel


If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye, but if he has lost a self - himsel...more
Saber Jan
كتاب يعرض حالات مرضية غريبة ومميزة , أعجبني الكتاب كثيرا
وأعجبني أسلوب المؤلف التحليلي الذي يقوم بتحليل دقائق الأمور في حياة هذه المرضى وخلافا لأسلوب الأطباء الشائع وهو سماع شكوى المريض ثم تحليلها , يقوم الدكتور ساكس بالدخول إلى النفس البشرية ويلامس روح المريض ويفكر من داخل المريض , كيف ينظر هذا المريض للمرض ؟ كيف يتفاعل معه ؟ ماهو شعوره الداخلي تجاه مرضه ؟

النفس البشرية ليست آلة عطبت وجاء الطبيب ليكتشف أين هي القطعة المعطوبة ويقوم بإصلاحها أو استبداها بل إنها أعمق من ذلك بكثير وهذا ما نراه مع ال...more
I picked this up at a railway station, shortly after it was published, not quite knowing what to expect.

All these years later, I remember it well. It was my first introduction to all sorts of conditions that are now more widely known to the general public, and left me amazed at the power and quirks of the human brain.

Funny, tragic, but never sentimental, Sacks writes with engaging charm.

That said, one can't help feeling a twinge of guilt, perhaps like a spectator at a Victorian freak show, even...more
كتاب مميز وممتع.. يشتمل على قصص بعض المرضى المصابين بأمراض عصبية نفسية نتيجة إصابات معينة في الدماغ مرفقة مع تحليلات وتعقيبات للطبيب الذي ألف الكتاب
يجذبك الكتاب بقصصه بما فيها من إثارة للاهتمام.. ثم تمل قليلا من الشروحات المستفيضة بعدها
ولكن ما أعجبني فيه حقا هو فكرة التعامل مع كل مريض كحالة مميزة متفردة.. بشكل يجعلك تؤمن أن أكثر الأمراض استعصاء قابلة للعلاج وأن أكثر المرضى عزلة قابلون للتحسن بشكل ما
وأن المرض بحد ذاته.. ليس دوما ابتلاءً
في النهاية لا أستطيع وضع تقييم لهذا الكتاب لكونه الأول من نوع...more

الحمد لله الذي عافانا مما ابتلى به غيرنا وفضلنا على كثير من خلقه تفضيلا

شيء مثير ان ينشر الكتاب في 1985 و اليوم اكتب عنه و نحن في 2013.. قرابة الثلاثين عاما.. هذا هو العلم.. و هذه هي الثقافة

كتاب علمي يحوي قصص أناس لديهم اختلالات في وضائف المخ... قد تكون هذه الاختلالات خلقية و قد تحدث مع مرور الزمن...غالبا ما يتأقلم المرضى مع هذه الاختلالات و يواصلون حياتهم و يجدون حلول لها.. و البعض الأخر "الحالات المعقدة" يجد صعوبة في التواصل مع الاخرين و مع الحياة... يمنحك الكتاب أسباب لتبرير تصرفات الأخرين أح...more
This book could have read like a tabloid or some sort of neurological freak show. A man literally thinks his wife is his hat; a set of twins appears retarded in every other way but can calculate six-digit prime numbers; temporal lobe seizures manifest as individuals hearing music from their past that no one is playing. Sacks, though, is far more sensitive and profound than that. He always views his subjects as human, not as clinical case material. He uses their experiences to entertain deep ques...more
I'd picked this book up thinking it would be a light, undemanding read - a collection of medical oddities and bizarre tales. Some of the tales do fall into this category: The Disembodied Lady (about a woman who suffers a loss of proprioception), Hands (about a woman who doesn't regard her hands as being part of herself) and Phantoms (about phantom limbs). But other tales were more a reflection on the human condition. In the title tale, Sacks muses over severe visual agnosia and its destruction o...more
Samuel Proulx
This book is so dated as to be useless to the casual reader. While the cases it presents may still be interesting for those in the profession to analyze, people reading from a less professional perspective will find nothing of any worth. This book is so full of horrifying 1970's style racism (comparing "savages" to children and "retards" and "simpletons", calling cases retardeds, simpletons, idiots, and worse, etc) that while some of the information may still be valid today, I cannot take a sing...more
Mar 03, 2012 Jerry rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the human mind
Shelves: science
I picked up this book because my son read it and related some fascinating stories from it. The depictions of the various problems of Dr.Sacks's clients are amazing. You really begin to understand how precarious and delicate an instrument the brain is. I learned a lot from this book, though admittedly I know next to nothing about brain science. I found especially fascinating the discussions on the "other senses" of the brain that constantly monitor our bodies and identities.

The book was "front-lo...more
“Come un romanzo” non è solo il titolo di un saggio di Pennac, ma è anche un possibile modo di considerare la letteratura medica. E se vi sembra inconcepibile gustare una raccolta di casi clinici come un romanzo, allora non conoscete i libri di Oliver Sacks.

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Очень интересная книга. Я не могу разделить восторги того, кто мне посоветовал эту книгу, но в общем и целом чтение весьма занимательное. Понятно, что большинство поведенческих и эмоциональных проявлений связано с физиологическим состоянием мозга. Оливер Сакс рассказывает истории того, как это бывает. Причём рассказывает хорошо и доступно, без увлечённости специальной терминологией.
Dry. Reading this book is like eating saltine crackers without anything to drink. He only briefly discusses the cases (these are, ahem, the interesting parts of the book) and then embarks on tedious philosophical discussions about neurology. He does seem very proud of himself and his education, though; I will give him that as a backhanded compliment.
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Oliver Wolf Sacks, CBE (born July 9, 1933, London), is a British neurologist residing in the United States, who has written popular books about his patients, the most famous of which is Awakenings, which was adapted into a film of the same name starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.

Sacks was the youngest of four children born to a prosperous North London Jewish couple: Sam, a physician, and E...more
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“If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self—himself—he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it.” 79 likes
“If we wish to know about a man, we ask 'what is his story--his real, inmost story?'--for each of us is a biography, a story. Each of us is a singular narrative, which is constructed, continually, unconsciously, by, through, and in us--through our perceptions, our feelings, our thoughts, our actions; and, not least, our discourse, our spoken narrations. Biologically, physiologically, we are not so different from each other; historically, as narratives--we are each of us unique.” 61 likes
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