In Part One, Sacks discusses neurological disorders that can be construed as deficits in an ordinary function of the brain. He argues that the medical community tends to define almost all neurological disorders as deficits of some kind. Throughout Part One, Sacks shows how patients find ways of compensating for their deficiencies, whether unconsciously or consciously.
Content[ edit ] The individual essays in this book include: P, who has visual agnosia; however, before that diagnosis is reached, Dr.
P consults an ophthalmologist when he develops diabetes, thinking that it might affect his vision. The ophthalmologist tells him that he does not have diabetes and instead refers him to Dr.
Sacks, to whom Dr. P describes his symptoms of visual agnosia. He can remember nothing of his life since the end of World War IIincluding events that happened only a few minutes ago.
He believes it is still the segment covers his life in the s and early sand seems to behave as a normal, intelligent young man aside from his inability to remember most of his past and the events of his day-to-day life.
He struggles to find meaning, satisfaction, and happiness in the midst of constantly forgetting what he is doing from one moment to the next.
Many in the first group were laughing at the speech, and Sacks claims their laughter to be at the president's facial expressions and tone, which they find "not genuine.
Sacks sees as a medical student. The young man sits on the floor and contrives a story dictating that the hospital staff pranked him by placing a severed human leg in his bed and the leg attached to him. He tries violently to tear the leg off but obviously fails as it is his own leg.
Sacks interviews a patient who has trouble walking upright and discovers that he has lost his innate sense of balance due to Parkinson's -like symptoms that have damaged his inner ears; the patient, comparing his sense of balance to a carpenter's spirit levelsuggested constructing a similar level inside a pair of glasses.
This enables him to judge his balance by sight and after a few weeks, the task of keeping his eye on the level became less tiring. Sacks meets twin brothers who can neither read nor perform multiplication, yet are playing a "game" of finding very large prime numbers.
While the twins were able to spontaneously generate these numbers, from six to twenty digits, Sacks had to resort to a book of prime numbers to join in with them.
The twins also instantly count dropped matches, simultaneously remarking that is three 37s. This story has been questioned by Makoto Yamaguchi, who doubts that a book of large prime numbers could exist as described, and points out that reliable scientific reports only support approximate perception when rapidly counting large numbers of items.
She completely forgets the idea of "left" relative to her own body and the world around her. When nurses place food or drink on her left side, she fails to recognize that they are there.
Sacks attempts to show the patient the left side of her body using a video screen setup; when the patient sees the left side of her body, on her right, she is overwhelmed with anxiety and asked for it to stop.May 06, · The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales could be, in the hands of a lesser writer, a mere compendium of neurological grotesqueries.
As Dr. . An excerpt from The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, by Oliver Sacks. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat brings together twenty-four of Oliver Sacks’s most fascinating and beloved case studies.
The man who mistook his wife for a hat Oliver Sacks The scientific study of the relationship between brain and mind began in , when Broca, in France, found that specific difficulties in the expressive use of speech (aphasia) consistently followed damage to a particular portion of the left hemisphere of the brain.
Jun 05, · The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat 1h 15min | Drama, Musical | TV Movie 5 June Opera singer and professor Dr P is examined both in a clinic and in his home, as he suffers from a degeneration of the occipital lobe that allows him to see details, but not wholes/10(30). The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat About Author When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: ‘Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far’.Reviews: Nov 18, · A television adaptation of Michael Nyman's opera The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, based on the book of the same name by neurologist Oliver Sacks.