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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Written By: Dr. Oliver Sacks Although the title suggests a comical book, Oliver Sacks presents an entirely different look on the mentally challenged/disturbed. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is a book that explains why a patient shows signs of losses, excesses, transports, and simplicity. Coincidentally, the book opens with its titling story, letting the reader explore the mind of an accomplish doctor who seems to have lost his true sight on life. In the following context, the seriousness of the stories and their interpretative breakdowns should only cause a better understanding of how the ever-so-questionable human mind truly works from a professional perspective put into simple words.…show more content…
Suddenly, the knock on the door stops the doctor in mid bite. He dazes out as if he can't remember what he was doing or where he is. The pouring of coffee from his wife triggers his mind back into action, and he proceeds as if nothing happened. The final analysis is that Dr. P.'s life has revolved around music for so long, that it must continue through song. Although is mind is still in contact, his inner-sight is distorted. The rhythm of life is a powerful beat that keeps the simplest of problems hidden. Comically enough, the book is broken down into four parts, the first being of losses (such as described above) and the second being of its opposite: excesses. This brings over to cleverly title story of "Cupid's Disease." A woman of ninety, Natasha K., comes to Dr. Sacks with an interesting problem. Soon after her eighty-eighth birthday she felt a change. She soon felt more alive and active than she had in the past twenty years. Soon her friends began to notice the change; the once shy, quite, and calm Natasha, was now a flirtatious, out-going, thrill seeker. The sudden change in her actions and feelings brings her from cloud nine and back into reality of concern, "Why the sudden euphoria?" She claims she is physically ill, something wrong in her brain; Natasha blames it on Cupid's Disease. Dr. Sacks is taken aback by her words; ‘"Cupid's Disease?"' Natasha then
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