This classic by the late Dr. Oliver Sacks offers a fascinating window into the surprising universe of brain function through in-depth case histories of patients living in the bizarre world of neurological disorders. He tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual aberrations: Patients who lost their memories and with them aspects of their past; patients who are no longer capable of recognizing people and common objects; patients suffering from violent tics; and patients who couldn’t acknowledge their own limbs, to cite only a few. The histories come alive through Sack’s insightful, sympathetic retelling and his ability to find common metaphors in even the most singular, deviant afflictions. He presents his patients’ neurological and sociological dysfunctions with keen intelligence, bottomless curiosity and remarkable compassion. As Sacks takes you into the another land, you may find that these tales of the neurologically impaired can offer you insights into yourself.
About the Author
An award-winning doctor and author, the late Oliver Sacks spent almost 50 years as a neurologist and wrote many books about his patients. The New York Times referred to him as “the poet laureate of medicine.