The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical TalesBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39415.456331.0F (Published 10 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:101
- David Warriner, F2 paediatric trainee, Scarborough
Oliver Sacks describes himself as a “physician and naturalist,” and as he has written on matters as disparate as ferns, the periodic table, and encephalitis lethargica I am inclined to agree. It is this collection of case reports, however, that I consider to be his finest work.
The book is divided into four thematic parts: “Losses,” “Excesses,” “Transports,” and “The world of the simple.” I discovered it in the sixth form, and it inspired me to study medicine and to practise—like Sacks—in the manner of James Purdon Martin, in which “patient and physician were co-equals . . . learning from and helping the other . . . …