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Book Note: Oliver Sacks, The man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

I read this book about 30-Dec-2004. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1985. This note was last modified Friday, 07-Jan-2005 00:12:18 PST.

This note does not contain major spoilers for the book.


Copyrights of individual articles range from 1970 to 1985.

Popularized discussions of interesting neurological cases. Usually due to trauma or disease, people lose the most amazing abilities; things you wouldn't expect to be so neatly packaged.

The book suffers somewhat from indifferent editing; the presentation level differs considerably from article. And often he doesn't explain stuff in enough detail for my skeptical side; there's so much credulous bullshit about the mind out there, even from professionals.

Still, fascinating clinical experiences. Among other things, there appears to be a fair amount of support for the old theory that we remember everything we ever experience perfectly -- at some level.

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