Also the author of Awakenings and Musicophilia, neurologist Oliver Sacks presents this now-classic collection of two dozen case studies of neurological patients, exploring their maladies and also their adaptations to try to understand how the brain works through instances of its failure. Here are patients who have lost decades of memories; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; who cannot feel their own limbs; and who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.
"The subject of this strange and wonderful book is what happens when things go wrong with parts of the brain most of us don't know exist.... Dr. Sacks shows the awesome powers of our mind and just how delicately balanced they have to be."—Sunday Times (London)
"A wonderful book, by which I mean not only that it is excellent (which it is) but also that it is full of wonder, wonders and wondering. [The author] brings to these often unhappy people understanding, sympathy and respect. Sacks is always learning from his patients, marveling at them, widening his own understanding and ours."—Punch