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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

After the 1973 release of Awakenings, Oliver Sacks did not publish another book for almost a decade. His next two books were released in quick succession: A Leg to Stand On in 1984 and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat in 1985. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is often considered Oliver Sacks’s best-known work. The book is told from the first-person perspective of Dr. Sacks, a practicing clinical neurologist. The essays are organized into four sections -- “Losses,” “Excesses,” “Transports,” and “The World of the Simple" -- and is comprised of 24 short essays that survey a wide, diverse range of neurological disorders. Each of Sacks's “strange tales” focuses on the story of a...

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