In his such a lot unusual guide, “one of the vital nice scientific writers of the 20th century” (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of sufferers misplaced within the odd, it seems that inescapable global of neurological issues.

Oliver Sacks’s The Guy Who Mistook His Spouse for a Hat tells the stories of people troubled with incredible perceptual and highbrow aberrations: sufferers who’ve misplaced their reminiscences and with them the larger a part of their pasts; who’re now not ready to acknowledge other folks and not unusual gadgets; who’re troubled with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have transform alien; who’ve been brushed aside as retarded but are proficient with uncanny creative or mathematical skills.

If inconceivably peculiar, those good stories stay, in Dr. Sacks’s supreme and sympathetic telling, deeply human. They’re research of lifestyles struggling towards improbable adversity, and so they allow us to go into the sector of the neurologically impaired, to believe with our hearts what it should be to are living and really feel as they do. A perfect healer, Sacks by no means loses sight of medication’s final accountability: “the struggling, troubled, combating human matter.”