The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat


Oliver Sacks

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A. R. Luria Character Analysis

A. R. Luria was a Russian neuropsychologist whose research had a major influence on the career of Oliver Sacks. Like Sacks, Luria regarded it as a scientist’s duty to study a subject holistically, rather than reducing the subject’s entire existence to numbers and figures. Furthermore, Luria, like Sacks, was often praised for the high literary quality of his medical writings. Toward the end of his life, Luria corresponded with Sacks, encouraging his studies of neurological disorders.

A. R. Luria Quotes in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat quotes below are all either spoken by A. R. Luria or refer to A. R. Luria. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat published in 1998.
Part 1, Chapter 2 Quotes

What could we do? What should we do? ‘There are no prescriptions,’ Luria wrote, ‘in a case like this. Do whatever your ingenuity and your heart suggest. There is little or no hope of any recovery in his memory. But a man does not consist of memory alone. He has feeling, will, sensibilities, moral being—matters of which neuropsychology cannot speak. And it is here, beyond the realm of an impersonal psychology, that you may find ways to touch him, and change him.’

Related Characters: Oliver Sacks (speaker), A. R. Luria (speaker), Jimmie G.
Page Number: 34
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Part 2, Chapter 13 Quotes

In all these states—‘funny’ and often ingenious as they appear—the world is taken apart, undermined, reduced to anarchy and chaos. There ceases to be any ‘center’ to the mind, though its formal intellectual powers may be perfectly preserved. The end point of such states is an unfathomable ‘silliness’, an abyss of superficiality, in which all is ungrounded and afloat and comes apart. Luria once spoke of the mind as reduced, in such states, to ‘mere Brownian movement’.

Related Characters: Oliver Sacks (speaker), A. R. Luria
Page Number: 118
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