The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales - Oliver Sacks

Sacks’ acclaimed book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” recounts some of the most fascinating and bizarre clinical neuropsychology tales of our time. From people who have fully lost their memories to those who suffer from uncontrollable tics to those who can no longer identify objects, the reader is immediately drawn into the fantastic and mysterious world of the brain.


Being a psychology student, I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Oliver Sacks from all of my professors—I’ve even read a few excerpts from this book over the years. But I’ve never actually sat down and read the entire thing cover-to-cover. Not only is Sacks brilliant in his words, but he humanizes these patients in an endearing way. So often clinical tales in neuropsychology refer to the patients as mere disorders rather than actual human beings. However, Sacks brings each person in their full to the page, something I found wonderfully refreshing. 4 stars. I will be forever grateful for Oliver Sacks and all that he has done for this field.