A Leg to Stand On

A Leg to Stand On

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by Oliver Sacks
     
 

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The author of twelve books, including the bestselling Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations, Oliver Sacks is internationally renowned for his compassionate approach to patients affected by profound neurological disorders. Yet when an accident on an uninhabited mountain in Norway leaves Dr.

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The author of twelve books, including the bestselling Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations, Oliver Sacks is internationally renowned for his compassionate approach to patients affected by profound neurological disorders. Yet when an accident on an uninhabited mountain in Norway leaves Dr. Sacks with a severe leg injury, he becomes the patient. During what should have been a routine recovery period, he experiences an overwhelming sensation that his injured leg is now absent from his body, and indeed from his physical awareness. In A Leg To Stand On, one of Dr. Sacks’ most personal works, this disturbing experience is the starting point of a fascinating journey through the mysteries of perception, the physical substance of our identities, and the experience of being a patient.

Editorial Reviews

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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:
9781623730093
Publisher:
Odyssey Editions
Publication date:
03/08/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
529,605
File size:
308 KB

Meet the Author

Oliver Sacks, M.D., was born in London and educated in London, Oxford, and California. He practices neurology in New York City, where he is a professor of neurology at NYU. The feature film Awakenings and Harold Pinter’s A Kind of Alaska were both based on Dr. Sacks’s work, and he is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, as well as to many medical journals. He holds honorary doctorates from numerous universities, including Queen’s College, Oxford; the Karolinksa Institute; the Universidad Catolica del Peru; Gallaudet University; and Georgetown University. His work has been translated into more than two dozen languages worldwide.

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.