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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
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May 04, 10

really liked it
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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 engage with the ordinary, whether it be through mathematics, dance, music, or the visual arts. In simply dealing, they manage to transcend. Sacks explores the varying cognitive expressions of his patients without coming across as cold, sterile, or objectifying. Rather, he devotes a chapter to each individual case, creating in the reader a sense that they are engrossed in a series of fictional character studies, rather than a dry psychological manual or the surface-level observations and blind assumptions of a pompous intellectual. This would be a perfect starting point for anyone interested in learning a bit more about abnormal psychology.
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message 1: by Shihab (new) - added it

Shihab If you're willing to perceive the term "Abnormal Psychology". This is your to go book. Sacks mode of taking into his patients seemed quite interesting.

message 2: by Sea (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sea Great synopsis!

Monika Bonillas I love your review, thank you!

Paquita Maria Sanchez Oh, thank YOU!

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