4/5 Stars: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, by Oliver Sacks

This book was fascinating. It was filled with clinical stories (written in a non clinical way) that talk about all sorts of strange symptoms caused by brain damage – and it is written in a way that you can actually understand. I loved the humanity in the way it was written. It made me think, and wonder, and realize just how precious what we have is. These are fascinating mental conditions, and include (as per the title) a man who was unable to identify the purpose of objects (mistaking his wife for a hat), and even people who were completely reasonable but denied ownership of a specific limb.

They (the clients) come across as completely normal and rational and reasonable – minus their one issue, whatever it may be. You feel for the clients, you think about how glad you are that you don’t suffer from the same ailment, and I just really enjoyed reading this book. I don’t think it would suit all audiences, especially if you’re looking for something more medically detailed, but I appreciated that I could pick it up and read it and understand it without needing to be in the medical field.

4/5 stars