The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
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AuthorOliver Sacks
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectNeurology, psychology
GenreCase history
PublisherSummit Books (US)
Gerald Duckworth (UK)
Publication date
1985
Media typeprint
Pages233 (first edition)
ISBN0-671-55471-9
OCLC12313889
Dewey Decimal616.8 19
LC ClassRC351 .S195 1985
Preceded byA Leg to Stand On (1984)
Followed bySeeing Voices (1989)
 
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat cover.jpg
AuthorOliver Sacks
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectNeurology, psychology
GenreCase history
PublisherSummit Books (US)
Gerald Duckworth (UK)
Publication date
1985
Media typeprint
Pages233 (first edition)
ISBN0-671-55471-9
OCLC12313889
Dewey Decimal616.8 19
LC ClassRC351 .S195 1985
Preceded byA Leg to Stand On (1984)
Followed bySeeing Voices (1989)

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales is a 1985 book by neurologist Oliver Sacks describing the case histories of some of his patients. The title of the book comes from the case study of a man with visual agnosia.[1][page needed] The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat became the basis of an opera of the same name by Michael Nyman, which premiered in 1986.

The book comprises twenty-four essays split into four sections which each deals with a particular aspect of brain function such as deficits and excesses in the first two sections (with particular emphasis on the right hemisphere of the brain) while the third and fourth describe phenomenological manifestations with reference to spontaneous reminiscences, altered perceptions, and extraordinary qualities of mind found in mentally handicapped people.[2]

Content[edit]

The individual essays in this book include:

In popular culture[edit]

Christopher Rawlence wrote the libretto for a chamber opera, directed by Michael Morris with music by Michael Nyman, based on the title story. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat was first produced by the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 1986.

A television version of the opera was subsequently broadcast in the UK.

Peter Brook adapted Sacks's book into an acclaimed theatrical production, L'Homme Qui..., which premiered at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris, in 1993.

An Indian theatre company, performed a play The Blue Mug, based on the book, starring Rajat Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak.

A man with Anterograde memory loss named Jimmy G. is the subject of one chapter, sharing the name of a character in Memento, a movie where the main protagonist has the same defect.

The Man Who, an album by the Scottish indie pop band Travis named after this book.[8]

In the 2009 claymation film Mary and Max the title character Mary is studying neurological disorders while attending college. She can be seen reading the book on a park bench during a later scene in the movie.

In the 2011 Stephen King novel "11/22/63", it is mentioned that Jake was not "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat", but rather, "The Man Who Thought He Was In 1958".

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References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sacks 1985.
  2. ^ Sacks 1985, p. 163.
  3. ^ "The President's Speech". Junkfoodforthought.com. Junkfood for Thought. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Yamaguchi, Makoto (2006). "Questionable Aspects of Oliver Sacks’ (1985) Report" (PDF). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 37 (7): 1396–1396. doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0257-0. PMID 17066308. 
  5. ^ Yamaguchi, Makoto (2007). "Response to Snyder's 'Comments on Priming Skills of Autistic Twins and Yamaguchi (2006) Letter to the Editor: "Questionable Aspects of Oliver Sacks" (1985) Report'" (PDF). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 37 (7): 1401. doi:10.1007/s10803-007-0397-x. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Peter (31 January 2009). "A savvy savant finds his voice". www.theaustralian.news.com.au (The Australian). Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  7. ^ Sacks 2007, p. 158.
  8. ^ "Reviews", Music, UK: BBC .

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