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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat


The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales is a 1985 book by neurologist Oliver Sacks describing the case histories of some of his patients. Sacks chose the title of the book from the case study of one of his patients, whom he calls "Dr. P"; P has visual agnosia, a neurological condition that leaves him unable to recognize faces (even of familiar people) and (even familiar) objects. Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat became the basis of an opera of the same name by Michael Nyman, which premiered in 1986. The book comprises twenty-four essays split into four sections (Losses, Excesses, Transports, and The World of the Simple), each dealing with a particular aspect of brain function. The first two sections discuss deficits and excesses (with particular emphasis on the right hemisphere of the brain), while the third and fourth sections describe phenomenological manifestations with reference to spontaneous reminiscences, altered perceptions, and extraordinary qualities of mind found in people with intellectual disabilities.
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original title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, الرجل الذي حسب زوجته قبعة
language: English
date of publication: 1985
genre: medical history, essay
main subject: neurology
follows: Oliver Sacks
followed by: Seeing Voices

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