The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat...Report

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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. The…show more content…
Sacks she said "Funny thing. You've got to give it to Cupid." As comical as the last two stories have appeared to be this one deals with murder, ironically enough it is title "Murder" as well. This third part of the book deals with transports, reminiscence, altered perception, imagination and/or dreams. Donald killed a girl while using PCP. He could never recall what he had done, even under hypnosis nor sodium amytal, therefore during his trial it was stated that he suffered from an organic amnesia. He was sent to a mental facility, never understanding why he was there or for what he did. He thrashed and kicked at the guards, who had thought he was an insane killer. He later lost all his passion for life that he once had. A few years later, he was let out on parole, leaving the hospital on weekend passes. He therefore took up an old past-time favorite of his: biking. One day he was pedaling fast, like he enjoyed, down a road and a poor driver came around the curve too fast. Luckily he didn't get hit by the vehicle but because of his move to miss the car, he crashed into the ground head first. Donald was in a coma for two weeks and he suffered from severe head injury-massive bilateral subdural hematomas, which were surgically drained and severe contusions of both frontal lobes. It was then that he started having the "nightmares." He started to recall everything involving the murder. He gave accurate details to what had happened. What was startling was that he never
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