Sunday, November 15, 2020

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

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = Psychology

Elaborate Description

Some people are different. This book shows the struggle, compensation mechanisms, and daily rituals that help those with psychological differences survive life. The difference is usually a superficial look at a person, or their action. What is seen is not really what makes up the person, for the actions they take which might not be proper for the society that judges them as poor behaviors, have other behaviors that most normal people would really love to have. The brain that has a perceived defect, compensates by being better built in other areas. Some see different worlds, others hear music, there are those who are super fast in a certain type of math patter recognition, and there are those who have an artistic hobby grander than those who train for years to obtain it. To some of these individuals their skills are a curse, and to others its a gift. For those who perceive it as a gift, do not want their mishap to go away. This book shows how different people survive in a society that deems there type of action or behavior as being really odd. That oddness is what gives these individuals the power to change society by allowing society to see itself differently. The people presented, most of them have a hard daily life. Oliver Sacks does a really good job at presenting the right details about each case, allowing for an understanding of different people.

Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9780684853949
Pages to read:   235
Publication:     1998
1st Edition:      1970
Format:            Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability     5
Content           5
Overall           5