The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Analysis

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Ashley Ye
Mr. Schultz “The human brain is probably one of the most complex single objects on the face of the earth; I think it is, quite honestly.”- Bill Viola The human brain is the most complicated organ in the body and is the coordinating center of sensation, intellectual and nervous activity. In the novel, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks, endorsed that even a small damage to the brain may result in a very big complication. The variety of disorders that was discussed was: Losses, Excesses, Transports, and the World of Simple. All of the cases that were provided showed all the different kind of disorders that patients had to deal with in their everyday routine. The first disorder, Losses, is the denoting an impairment or incapacity of neurological function. The patient, Dr. P was described as a well-known singer who taught at the local School of Music as a teacher. Dr. P suffered from a disorder called visual agnosia. While working at school, there were many instances that Dr. P did not recognize his students’ faces and lost the ability to recognize faces of his students. Although he could not recognize the faces, “the moment the student spoke, he would be recognized by his voice.” (Sacks, 8) In addition to his inability to recognizing faces, Dr. P also had difficulty on visualizing common objects. For example, “when in streets he might at the heads of water hydrants and parking meters, taking these to be

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