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Man Who Mistook his Wife : Introduction
Man Who Mistook his Wife : Plot Summary
Man Who Mistook his Wife : Detailed Summary & Analysis
Man Who Mistook his Wife : Themes
Man Who Mistook his Wife : Quotes
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Brief Biography of Oliver Sacks
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- Full Title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
- When Written: Most of the chapters in the book were originally published in journals and magazines during the 1970s and 1980s, particularly the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books. However, twelve of the chapters in the book were originally written for the book, between autumn and winter of 1984.
- Where Written: New York and San Francisco
- When Published: Fall 1985
- Genre: Nonfiction, neurological case history
- Setting: Many of the case studies take place at St. Dunstan’s Hospital, where Sacks worked for many years; however, the book moves between many different places between the 1960s and the 1980s.
- Point of View: First person (Oliver Sacks)
Extra Credit for The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat
Mr. Hollywood. There aren’t many folks less likely to have a Hollywood career than the notoriously shy Oliver Sacks. Nevertheless, his 1973 book Awakenings was adapted into an award-winning film of the same name in 1990. Stranger still, Sacks was played by the notoriously un-shy Robin Williams!
And he found time to exercise, too? In spite of his prolific literary career and long tenure as a medical doctor, Oliver Sacks went swimming almost every day of his life, and, when he lived in the Bronx, liked to swim around City Island.