A Leg to Stand On

A Leg to Stand On

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by Oliver Sacks
     
 

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Dr. Oliver Sacks's books Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars and the bestselling 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

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Dr. Oliver Sacks's books Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars and the bestselling 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 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Jonathan Raban The Sunday Times (London) A remarkable, generous, vivid and thoroughly intelligent piece of writing — a 'neurological novel,' as Sacks calls it.

Jerome Bruner The New York Review of Books A neurologist in [the] great tradition... [this is] a narrative comparable to Conrad's The Secret Sharer.

Vic Sussman The Washington Post Book World In calling for a neurology of the soul and a deeper and more humane medicine, Sacks's remarkable book raises issues of profound importance for everyone interested in humane health care and the human application of science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684853956
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
04/29/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
477,290
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Oliver Sacks was born in London and educated in London, Oxford, California, and New York. He is professor of clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is the author of many books, including Awakenings and A Leg to Stand On.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
1933
Place of Birth:
London, England
Education:
B.M., B.Ch., Queen's College, Oxford, 1958

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A Leg to Stand On 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who doesn't like this book just 'doesn't get it.' This is a brilliant look at awareness and the interconnectedness of body and mind. There is no other writer of neuroscience topics who so grasps all that goes into consciousness as does Oliver Sacks. He has a genius of seeing. And what a writer! How I would love to meet him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very candid and indepth account of Dr. Sacks experience with a serious leg injury and with his physical 'alienation' of the leg and journey through the patient's world of helplessness and despair to rejoining the world of the whole and healthy. He leaves out no thought or feeling; neurotic turns, ugly jealousy of the whole in body; all is revealed and shared in a spirit of empathy and acceptance of a journey he can share with others. A solid and charming journal and wealth of contemplation on the variety of states of health and well-being.