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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Paperback – 1 December 2011

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  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0330523627
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0330523622
  • Product Dimensions : 19.7 x 1.7 x 13 cm
  • Publisher : Picador (1 December 2011)
  • Language: : English
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This book is for everybody who has felt from time to time that certain twinge of self-identity and sensed how easily, at any moment, one might lose it. * The Times * A gripping journey into the recesses of the human mind. * Daily Mail * Populated by a cast as strange as that of the most fantastic fiction . . . Dr Sacks shows the awesome powers of our mind and just how delicately balanced they have to be. * Sunday Times *

About the Author

Oliver Sacks was born in 1933 in London, England (both of his parents were physicians) and earned his medical degree at Queen's College, Oxford. In the early 1960's, he moved to the United States and completed an internship in San Francisco and a residency in neurology at UCLA. Since 1965, he has lived in New York, where he is clinical professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, adjunct professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine and consultant neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor.

In 1966 Dr. Sacks began working as a consulting neurologist for Beth Abraham Hospital, a chronic care facility in the Bronx where he encountered an extraordinary group of patients, many of whom had spent decades in strange, frozen states, like human statues, unable to initiate movement. He recognised these patients as survivors of the great pandemic of sleepy sickness that had swept the world from 1916 to 1927, and treated them with a then-experimental drug, L-dopa, which enabled them to come back to life. They became the subjects of his second book, Awakenings (1973), which later inspired a play by Harld Pinter (A Kind of Alaska) and the Oscar-nominated Hollywood movie, Awakenings, with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams.

He is the author of A Leg to Stand On, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Seeing Voices, Migraine, An Anthropologist on Mars, Neurology of the Soul,The Island of the Colourblind and most recently Uncle Tungsten.


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