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Dr. Oliver Sacks's books Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars and the bestselling The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat have been acclaimed for their extraordinary compassion in the treatment of patients affected with profound disorders.

In A Leg to Stand On, it is Sacks himself who is the patient: an encounter with a bull on a desolate mountain in Norway has left him with a severely damaged leg. But what should be a routine recuperation is actually the beginning of a strange medical journey when he finds that his leg uncannily no longer feels part of his body. Sacks's brilliant description of his crisis and eventual recovery is not only an illuminating examination of the experience of patienthood and the inner nature of illness and health but also a fascinating exploration of the physical basis of identity.

Review:

"A neurologist in [the] great tradition... [this is] a narrative comparable to Conrad's The Secret Sharer." Jerome Bruner, The New York Review of Books

Review:

"In calling for a neurology of the soul and a deeper and more humane medicine, Sacks's remarkable book raises issues of profound importance for everyone interested in humane health care and the human application of science." Vic Sussman, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"A remarkable, generous, vivid and thoroughly intelligent piece of writing — a 'neurological novel,' as Sacks calls it." Jonathan Raban, The Sunday Times (London)

About the Author

Oliver Sacks was born in London and educated in London, Oxford, California, and New York. He is professor of clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is the author of many books, including Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
One: The Mountain
Two: Becoming A Patient
Three: Limbo
Four: Quickening
Five: Solvitur Ambulando
Six: Convalescence
Seven: Understanding
Afterword (1993)
Annotated Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684853956
Author:
Sacks, Oliver
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
Sacks, Oliver W.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Handicapped
Subject:
Medical
Subject:
Physically handicapped
Subject:
Neurologists
Subject:
Neurology -- Biography.
Subject:
Nerves, Peripheral -- Wounds and injuries -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Health
Subject:
Neurologists -- England -- Biography.
Subject:
People with disabilities - England
Subject:
Biography/Medical
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 6.895 oz

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Product details 224 pages Touchstone - English 9780684853956 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A neurologist in [the] great tradition... [this is] a narrative comparable to Conrad's The Secret Sharer."
"Review" by , "In calling for a neurology of the soul and a deeper and more humane medicine, Sacks's remarkable book raises issues of profound importance for everyone interested in humane health care and the human application of science."
"Review" by , "A remarkable, generous, vivid and thoroughly intelligent piece of writing — a 'neurological novel,' as Sacks calls it."
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