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

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This is a collections of essays written by a psychiatrist about his patients.  There are twenty-four case studies split into four sections. We begin with the brain’s losses or deficits, such as loss of memory, speech or vision. Then conversely we deal with excesses of function, where the brain produces extra stimuli, sensation, and perhaps mania. We move on to ‘transports’ often in time, and altered perceptions of the inner and outer world. The last chapter is about ‘the simple’, or the extraordinary abilities of those considered ‘idiot savants’ or mentally defective in some way.

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