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A Leg to Stand On

A Leg to Stand On

by Oliver Sacks
A Leg to Stand On

A Leg to Stand On

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 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593311004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/29/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 455,917
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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 The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.


New York, New York

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Place of Birth:

London, England


B.M., B.Ch., Queen's College, Oxford, 1958

Table of Contents



One The Mountain

Two Becoming A Patient

Three Limbo

Four Quickening

Five Solvitur Ambulando

Six Convalescence

Seven Understanding

Afterword (1993)

Annotated Bibliography

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