Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

There is no maze more labyrinthine, it would seem, that the human mind. Written in 1985, this strange collection of tales of neurological patients from the pen of renowned Neurologist, Oliver Sacks (perhaps best known for Awakenings – the book that inspired the movie) is just as quirky as the title suggests.

The old woman plagued by the Irish songs of her youth, the man convinced he’s still 19 when clearly in his seventies, the twin idiot savant mathematicians, are characters that shock and fascinate. Perhaps this book was the perfect remedy for complete and utter abject work frustration. It seems that the peculiarities of unusual mental maladies make for far greater entertainment than report writing.

Perhaps what is most frightening is the potential for our own faculties to deceive us, that is something that is very difficult to process.

5 out of 5 crazy stories prove truth is often stranger than fiction.

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