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Little Canada Book Club-"The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat" by Oliver Sacks

For our April meeting we will be discussing the book "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat" by Oliver Sacks. Please note this is a change from our previously planned schedule. We will save "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali for May and will read "Worlds of Their Own" by Robert J. Schadewald in June. From Publishers Weekly
"A neurologist who claims to be equally interested in disease and people, Sacks (Awakenings, etc.) explores neurological disorders with a novelist's skill and an appreciation of his patients as human beings. These cases, some of which have appeared in literary or medical publications, illustrate the tragedy of losing neurological faculties, memory, powers of visualization, word-recognition or the also-devastating fate of those suffering an excess of neurological functions causing such hyper states as chorea, tics, Tourette's syndrome and Parkinsonism. Still other patients experience organically based hallucinations, transports, visions, etc., usually deemed to be psychic in nature. The science of neurology, Sacks charges, stresses the abstract and computerized at the expense of judgment and emotional depths in his view, the most important human qualities. Therapy for brain-damaged patients (by medication, accommodation, music or art) should, he asserts, be designed to help restore the essentially personal quality of the individual." Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. Due to the interest in this meetup and the limited space available in the meeting room, "maybe" RSVPs will not be allowed. Please be sure to update your RSVP if your plans change.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Today's meetup was very good. A nice conversation in which everyone contributed, and there was no crosstalk.

    April 11, 2010

  • Jack C.

    Another fun, wide-ranging discussion. Thanks, Trish.

    April 11, 2010

  • Brad P.

    I had a professor who recommended this book; I'm curious to find out what he meant!?!

    March 16, 2010

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