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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
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Mar 02, 10

bookshelves: psychology-psychiatry, bookmooched
Read in March, 2010

The good parts of this book were when Sacks's earnestness and excitement about his work came through. I really love hearing him on the radio, and he's such a great guy. So, I thought I would like this book a lot better. But it just feels so pieced together and rambly. In each chapter, we get a brief look at an interesting patient (many of whom he only met once or twice) then a long-winded and transition-scarce meditation on the case. I have friends who really love this book, and I don't doubt that a lot of my trouble getting through it came from my personal preference for tight prose and a more structured whole. I had heard such good things about the book and was disappointed that is was such a chore for me to get through.
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