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Oliver Sacks's The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat Essay

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Oliver Sacks's The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat for a child, I saw Alfred Hitchcock Theater, The Twilight Zone and other science fiction or horror shows. Quite often the storyline has been based on a victim's mental troubles or their skewed understanding of the world. Looking back, I remember the fascination that I felt when watching one specific episode of the Twillight Zone. In this specific episode, a man become a zombie by some type of poison. Essentially he was still living, but he was dead to the world. In the end he had been embalmed while he was completely conscious yet couldn't say anything to block it. Like this episode, every episode captivated me but if it was over I could sleep easy since there was no possibility of it happening. Oliver Sacks disrupts my childhood understanding of exactly what is plausible and what is not in the real world. In his Book, The Man Who mistook his Wife for a Hat, Sacks compiles a group of tales that draw the curiosity and empathy of a young boy during his close look at individual adventures in the eyes of science, medicine and new technologies. The chapters discussing 'Losses'; and 'Transports'; sparked my curiosity the most. The first story that caught my attention was about the sixty year old Madeline J. who was suffers from being 'congenitally blind'; and has 'cerebral palsy';(Sack 59). She was a really bright and intelligent lady that gained all her knowledge and learning from listening to books and from talking to people. She hadn't ever heard Braille because her hands were 'Useless godforsaken lumps of dough During simple tests, Sacks discovered her hands recognized mild rolls, pain, and fever. All fundamental sensations and senses were in tact. But when objects were placed in her hands, she couldn't identify them. She did not try and search and learn more about the object; 'there were not any busy 'interogatory' movements of this hands. Sacks concluded that her palms were fine functionally; she did not know that they were there. Madeline needed to discover her hands and make the neural connection before she would have the ability to use them (Sacks 59-61). In a bid to get Madeline to use her hands, he asked her nurses to put her meals slightly out of reach and then leave the room on events. Sacks expect that because of the appetite, she'd reach out to the meals and use her hands. One afternoon 'impatie...

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