Dr. Oliver Sacks' books Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars, and the best-selling The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat have been acclaimed for their extraordinary compassion in the treatment of patients affected with profound disorders. In A Leg to Stand On, it is Sacks himself who is the patient: an encounter with a bull on a desolate mountain in Norway has left him with a severely damaged leg. But what should be a routine recuperation is actually the beginning of a strange medical journey when he finds that his leg uncannily no longer feels like part of his body.
Sacks's brilliant description of his crisis and eventual recovery is not only an illuminating examination of the experience of patienthood and the inner nature of illness and health but also a fascinating exploration of the physical basis of identity.PLEASE NOTE: Some changes have been made to the original manuscript with the permission of Oliver Sacks.
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- B. Özdemir
I have pretty much enjoyed this programme
I am intrigued by the author's experience in order to get at the truth of the matter i.e. Body Image Disturbances. What most fascinatied me was the question: do severe disturbances of body image or body ego occurr as a result of peripheral injury, disease or disorder? The answer to this is of course YES. Oliver Sacks also talks about the Nerology of self/ identity.