The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat- ‘Oliver Sacks’

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat was my first book about psychology (case study). Oliver Sacks is a genius. I read the book very slowly, had exams. But I was never bored. He did a great job of maintaining a flow. There were some ‘not so great‘ chapters, but the book was awesome overall.
This is the type of book beginners can read. A book which tells the tale of complex psychological/neurological disorders in an understandable language. Actually, not just understandable, but also enjoyable. There are some parts which will make you feel sad, some will make you laugh, others will get you to think. The last part, part four, according to my opinion was the best. I’m still thinking about José. Autism was not something this serious before I read this. Now, I think I can somewhat feel these gifted children (I choose not to use autistic or retarded). They are capable of doing great things. But our society, we, isolate them. The artistic genius of José and Nadia is great. Yet we never give them the opportunity to flourish. All they need is some support, a little love.
Fully understanding the neurological condition of these ‘clients’ (as Mr. Sacks says) is tough. I had to read the first few chapters a few times before I could grasp it fully. It’s at the same time amazing and really sad what our brain can do. This book will make you rethink about everything you take for granted. I am a big fan of my brain now. It might not be the best, but it’s doing a pretty good job of making me walk and talk!


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