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WHEN the Psalmist lamented the Jewish exile by the waters of Babylon he wrote: ''If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand lose its cunning and my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if I remember thee not.

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Although these books were almost perfect in their way, there was a whole realm which Luria had not touched. He saw all right, but what did he see? They are at present refractory to any deep scientific analysis, although we do have some knowledge of which brain areas and pathways are involved in representing the mind's image of its body.

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Sacks' books is dedicated to Luria; another to W. Inner difficulties and outer difficulties match each other here.

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In addition to possessing the technical skills of a 20th-century doctor, the London-born Dr. Towards the end of the century it became evident to more acute observers — above all, Freud, in his book on Aphasia — that this sort of mapping was too simplistic, that all mental performances had an intricate internal structure, and must have an equally complex physiological basis.

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Although not specifically about the architecture and functional specialities of the various regions of the brain, the book alludes to them by identifying the symptoms patients suffer as a result of damage to specific parts of the brain. Thus in the syndrome named after the French neurologist Georges Gilles de la Tourette, patients will show ''a great production and extravagance of strange motions and notions. A good clinical description is good forever. He saw nothing as familiar. There were books, there were paintings, but the music was central. Now, suddenly, he came to life. A second amnesiac observed by Dr.

And he recounts these histories with the lucidity and power of a gifted short-story writer. Sacks points out in another chapter, is of course the phantom limb experienced by many amputees.

A good clinical description is good forever.

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An adequate understanding of aphasia or agnosia would, he believed, require a new, more sophisticated science. I regard myself as a describer. Through these incredible tales, we are able to glean an insight into the world of the neurologically impaired, a world in which many of the things we take for granted become major challenges. People are dining out on the terrace. I think this could be an inflorescence or flower. I understand that everybody might not like this book. For example, the book takes its title from the case of a man who could recognise inanimate objects and abstract shapes perfectly well, but on leaving Sacks' office, he attempted to put his wife's head on top of his own, believing it to be his hat. Here, again, for the most part, he did well. The converse sensation, as Dr. You can see your body, move it appropriately under visual guidance, but not feel it as yourself. What a heavenly smell! Inner difficulties and outer difficulties match each other here. There was no primary disorder of memory; he could carry on an intelligent and entertaining conversation and could play the piano with all his old skill although he could no longer read music. Sacks' other tales of loss display the same imaginative facility to convey life in a partial world. I followed his wife into the kitchen and asked her how, for instance, he managed to dress himself.

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On his 90th birthday the senior Dr. But these, after all, are stylised designs and it was impossible to tell whether he saw faces or merely patterns. Sacks' other tales of loss display the same imaginative facility to convey life in a partial world. He sings all the time — eating songs, dressing songs, bathing songs, everything. Further into her recovery from the stoke, Sacks worked with her to develop strategies to cope with her missing left. His musical powers were as dazzling as ever; he did not feel ill — he had never felt better; and the mistakes were so ludicrous — and so ingenious — they could hardly be serious or betoken anything serious. Was he mad? This book is included in the list. Help whom? Sacks is too sophisticated to convince the reader of such ignorance. Fortunately her intelligence was not impaired so she was well aware of the absurdity of her situation but unable to overcome it.
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks