The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat  And Other Clinical Tales
Score: 3.5
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales


  • Author : Oliver Sacks
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 243
  • ISBN 10 : 9780684853949


The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales Book Description :

Presents a series of stories about men and women who, representing both medical and literary oddities, raise fundamental questions about the nature of reality

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat


  • Author : Dario Krpan
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2017-07-05
  • Genre:
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351351454


The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Book Description :

In The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, neurologist Oliver Sacks looked at the cutting-edge work taking place in his field, and decided that much of it was not fit for purpose. Sacks found it hard to understand why most doctors adopted a mechanical and impersonal approach to their patients, and opened his mind to new ways to treat people with neurological disorders. He explored the question of deciding what such new ways might be by deploying his formidable creative thinking skills. Sacks felt the issues at the heart of patient care needed redefining, because the way they were being dealt with hurt not only patients, but practitioners too. They limited a physician's capacity to understand and then treat a patient's condition. To highlight the issue, Sacks wrote the stories of 24 patients and their neurological clinical conditions. In the process, he rebelled against traditional methodology by focusing on his patients' subjective experiences. Sacks did not only write about his patients in original ways - he attempt to come up with creative ways of treating them as well. At root, his method was to try to help each person individually, with the core aim of finding meaning and a sense of identity despite, or even thanks to, the patients' condition. Sacks thus redefined the issue of neurological work in a new way, and his ideas were so influential that they heralded the arrival of a broader movement - narrative medicine - that placed stronger emphasis on listening to and incorporating patients' experiences and insights into their care.

Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists
Score: 5
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Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists


  • Author : J. Bogousslavsky
  • Publisher : Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers
  • Release Date : 2010-04-01
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9783805593311


Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists Book Description :

The third part of Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists presents painters, musicians, and writers who had to fight against an acute or chronic neurological disease. Sometimes this fight was without success (e.g. Shostakovich, Schumann, Wolf, Pascal), but often a dynamic and paradoxical creativity of the clinical disorder was integrated into their artistic production (e.g. Klee, Ramuz). Occasionally, some even wrote the first report of a medical condition they observed in themselves, like Stendhal who made a detailed report of aphasic transient ischemic attacks before dying of stroke shortly thereafter. In rarer instances, a neurological disease was inaccurately attributed to an artist in order to explain certain features of his work (de Chirico, Schiele). Some chapters in this publication focus on neurological conditions reported in artistic work, including descriptions by Shakespeare and Dumas. Bringing new light to both artists and neurological conditions, this book serves as a valuable and entertaining read for neurologists, psychiatrists, physicians, and anybody interested in arts, literature and music.

Encyclopedia of Human Memory  3 volumes

Encyclopedia of Human Memory 3 volumes


  • Author : Annette Kujawski Taylor Ph.D.
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release Date : 2013-10-29
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 1262
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440800269


Encyclopedia of Human Memory 3 volumes Book Description :

Providing clear, comprehensible information for general readers, this three-volume, A–Z encyclopedia covers the major theories and findings associated with our understanding of human memory and some of the crippling disorders associated with memory malfunction.

Awakenings
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Awakenings


  • Author : Oliver Sacks
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2011-03-04
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307371058


Awakenings Book Description :

Awakenings — which inspired the major motion picture — is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, "awakening" effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and the extraordinary transformations which went with their reintroduction to a changed world. From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Leg to Stand On
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

A Leg to Stand On


  • Author : Oliver Sacks
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1998-04-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780684853956


A Leg to Stand On Book Description :

A neurologist describes his struggle to recover from a mountain climbing accident and examines the effects of a neural injury on the sense of self

The Face of Emotion

The Face of Emotion


  • Author : Eric Finzi, MD
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2013-01-29
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137333391


The Face of Emotion Book Description :

William Shakespeare famously wrote that "a face is like a book," and common wisdom has it that our faces reveal our deep-seated emotions. But what if the reverse were also true? What if our facial expressions set our moods instead of revealing them? What if there were actual science to support the exhortation, "smile, be happy?" Dermatologic surgeon Eric Finzi has been studying that question for nearly two decades, and in this ground breaking book he marshals evidence suggesting that our facial expressions are not secondary to, but rather a central driving force of, our emotions. Based on clinical experience and original research, Dr. Finzi shows how changing a person's face not only affects their relationships with others but also with themselves. In his studies using Botox, he has shown how inhibiting the frown of clinically depressed patients leads many to experience relief. This work is a dramatic departure from the neuroscience-based thinking on emotions that tends to view emotions solely as the result of neurotransmitters in the brain. Part absorbing medical narrative, part think piece on the nature of emotion, this is a bold call for us to rethink the causes of unhappiness.

Seeing Voices
Score: 3.5
From 11 Ratings

Seeing Voices


  • Author : Oliver Sacks
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2011-03-04
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307365750


Seeing Voices Book Description :

Like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, this is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land, a provocative meditation on communication, biology, adaptation, and culture. In Seeing Voices, Oliver Sacks turns his attention to the subject of deafness, and the result is a deeply felt portrait of a minority struggling for recognition and respect — a minority with its own rich, sometimes astonishing, culture and unique visual language, an extraordinary mode of communication that tells us much about the basis of language in hearing people as well. Seeing Voices is, as Studs Terkel has written, "an exquisite, as well as revelatory, work." From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Mind s Eye
Score: 3.5
From 28 Ratings

The Mind s Eye


  • Author : Oliver Sacks
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-10-26
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307594556


The Mind s Eye Book Description :

In The Mind’s Eye, Oliver Sacks tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, the sense of sight. For all of these people, the challenge is to adapt to a radically new way of being in the world. There is Lilian, a concert pianist who becomes unable to read music and is eventually unable even to recognize everyday objects, and Sue, a neurobiologist who has never seen in three dimensions, until she suddenly acquires stereoscopic vision in her fifties. There is Pat, who reinvents herself as a loving grandmother and active member of her community, despite the fact that she has aphasia and cannot utter a sentence, and Howard, a prolific novelist who must find a way to continue his life as a writer even after a stroke destroys his ability to read. And there is Dr. Sacks himself, who tells the story of his own eye cancer and the bizarre and disconcerting effects of losing vision to one side. Sacks explores some very strange paradoxes—people who can see perfectly well but cannot recognize their own children, and blind people who become hyper-visual or who navigate by “tongue vision.” He also considers more fundamental questions: How do we see? How do we think? How important is internal imagery—or vision, for that matter? Why is it that, although writing is only five thousand years old, humans have a universal, seemingly innate, potential for reading? The Mind’s Eye is a testament to the complexity of vision and the brain and to the power of creativity and adaptation. And it provides a whole new perspective on the power of language and communication, as we try to imagine what it is to see with another person’s eyes, or another person’s mind.

Hallucinations
Score: 3.5
From 38 Ratings

Hallucinations


  • Author : Oliver Sacks
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2012-11-06
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307957252


Hallucinations Book Description :

Have you ever seen something that wasn’t really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing? Hallucinations don’t belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may see shimmering arcs of light or tiny, Lilliputian figures of animals and people. People with failing eyesight, paradoxically, may become immersed in a hallucinatory visual world. Hallucinations can be brought on by a simple fever or even the act of waking or falling asleep, when people have visions ranging from luminous blobs of color to beautifully detailed faces or terrifying ogres. Those who are bereaved may receive comforting “visits” from the departed. In some conditions, hallucinations can lead to religious epiphanies or even the feeling of leaving one’s own body. Humans have always sought such life-changing visions, and for thousands of years have used hallucinogenic compounds to achieve them. As a young doctor in California in the 1960s, Oliver Sacks had both a personal and a professional interest in psychedelics. These, along with his early migraine experiences, launched a lifelong investigation into the varieties of hallucinatory experience. Here, with his usual elegance, curiosity, and compassion, Dr. Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition.