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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales


I'm willing to say that I think I've been mistaken about Manning.

In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

The book kept me thinking how easy it is to cross the fine line between what we consider to be sane and insane, normal and abnormal. We take so many things for granted (like walking, sitting, remembering) that we don't really pay attention to them. But when a disaster strikes, and your body/mind doesn't feel the same way it used to, how do you react? Give up, or fight to feel 'normal' and 'together' again?
It was eye-opening to listen to this fantastic book. I felt that the author had never held himself aloof from his patients. The book was written with such compassion and empathy that I was so absorbed I couldn't do anything else. It's a must-have for anyone interested in neuropsychiatry, neurology and psychology.
The book is made up of 4 parts:
1. Losses (with special emphasis on visual agnosia)
The man who mistook his wife for a hat;
The lost mariner;
The disembodied lady;
The man who fell out of bed;
On the level;
Eyes right;
The President's speech.
2. Excesses (i.e. disorders or diseases like Tourette's syndrome, tabes dorsalis - a form of neurosyphilis, and the 'joking disease')
Witty Ticcy Ray;
Cupid's disease;
A matter of identity;
Yes, Father-Sister;
The possessed.
3. Transports (on the 'power of imagery and memory', e.g. musical epilepsy, forced reminiscence and migrainous visions)
Incontinent nostalgia;
A passage to India;
The dog beneath the skin;
The visions of Hildegard.
4. The world of the simple (on the advantages of therapy centered on music and arts when working with the mentally retarded)
A walking grove;
The twins;
The autist artist.

Methinks, now I look on him again, I would not have him mistaken.

Present Perfect
I have mistaken
you have mistaken
he/she/it has mistaken
we have mistaken
you have mistaken
they have mistaken

In her innermost heart she knew that she had not been mistaken.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Wednesday Morning Book Club today for a great discussion of Stoner, which nearly all of us loved. Join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, the 12th of February, when we’ll be talking about Oliver Sacks’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. See everyone [...]

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From the front cover:


'A wonderful book... full of wonder, wonders and wondering.' PUNCH