A famous look at neurology

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A famous look at neurology
01/03/2010 | Roa Zubia, Guillermo | Elhuyar Zientzia Komunikazioa
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Doctor Felix Zubia Recommendation

The man who mixed the woman of the writer Oliver Sacks with the hat is a classic in neurological disclosure, that is why we have recommended Felix Zubia, professor of the UPV and doctor intensive.

"It is a very interesting book for anyone who wants to know their mental problems. Through short stories, he explains with very clear examples the symptoms of the most frequent mental illnesses and how the patient lives them. For example, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia. Because of diseases that generate many other news, this is a way to approach science in a simple way," explains Zubia.

Klasikoak has also published the Basque version of this classic book.

It is divided into four sections. The first section is dedicated to shortcomings. There is the case that gives title to the book. A musician had problems with the area of the brain that controls vision. He did not lose any other capacity, but he did lose the visual identification ability. One day he mixed his wife with a hat, for example.

In the second part of the book, Sacks presents five cases against: patients who develop excessive capacities rather than deficiencies. For example, the case of a ninety year-old woman with a great sexual passion (the case that has been used in House). Sacks says that classical neurology, the school of neurologist Hughlings Jackson, did not recognize such cases, so they did not receive much attention until the 1980s, approximately.

The third part is the part of irritations. They are not neurological problems that cause physical damage, the problem is that patients live their dreams and memories as if they were real.

In the last chapter, Sacks presents the qualities of patients. For example, the case of a nineteen-year-old girl who behaves like a child, who cannot learn how to dress her shoes or use a key, but who does not present damage to other abilities.

Through cases treated along a long career path, Oliver Sacks presents neurology and helps us understand that sometimes the origin of a problem is not evident. If we dive a little into the brain, we find great surprises.

Man who confuses his wife with the hat
Oliver Sacks
Ed. Klasikoak, S.A.
225x146 mm
ISBN: 978-84-96455-30-6
Original title:
The Man Who Mixtook His Wife for a Hat
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