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A remarkable, generous, vivid and thoroughly intelligent piece of writing–a ‘neurological novel,’ as Sacks calls it. Jonathan Raban, The Sunday Times (London). In calling for a neurology of the soul and a deeper more humane medicine, Sacks’ remarkable book raises issues of profound importance for everyone interested in humane health care and the human application of science

A Leg to Stand On is a 1984 book written by neurologist Oliver Sacks describing his own personal experience with an injury to his leg following a mountaineering accident involving a bull.

A Leg to Stand On is a 1984 book written by neurologist Oliver Sacks describing his own personal experience with an injury to his leg following a mountaineering accident involving a bull. The book details his transition from doctor to patient. On an early Saturday morning, Oliver Sacks geared up to climb a mountain in the Hardangerfjord in Norway. Despite the overcast and sullen weather, Sacks reached the summit before noon. However, he had not been alone.

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Oliver Sacks is a perfect antidote to the anaesthetic of familiarity. His writing turns brains and minds transparent’ Observer When Oliver Sacks, a physician by profession, injured his leg while climbing a mountain, he found himself in an unusual position – that of patient.

A Leg to Stand On. 242 printed pages. Yet when an accident on an uninhabited mountain in Norway leaves Dr. Sacks with a severe leg injury, he becomes the patient

Also by oliver sacks. I had my book to read-I was reading Ulysses, very slowly-and my aquavit to sip: nothing like alcohol to warm one inside.

Also by oliver sacks. A Leg to Stand On. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Seeing Voices. Lulled by the gentle, hypnotic motion of the ship, taking a little aquavit from time to time, I sat on the upper deck, absorbed in my book. I was surprised to find, at one point, that I had drunk, in tiny increments, almost half the bottle. I noticed no effect, so I continued reading and sipping from the bottle, increasingly upended now it was half-empty.

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Oliver Sacks is a neurologist, a man of humane eloquence, and a genuine communicator.

In every way a marvellously rich and thoughtful tale. Oliver Sacks is a neurologist, a man of humane eloquence, and a genuine communicator. The value of this book lies in its willingness to combine the technical and the demonic, to admit poetry and philosophy and the religious impulse. It is also intensely personal, and affirms the community of human experience. by. Sacks, Oliver . Sacks, Oliver W. Publication date. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Lotu Tii on January 31, 2012. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014).

'Sacks has written a book about a leg, his leg; but it is a story about the nature of selfhood - a narrative comparable to Conrad's " The Secret Sharer"' "New York Review of Books " 'Losing the use of a limb is a catastrophe, and it needed a thoughtful essay written about it. This is it. It is more than that. Oliver Sacks is a neurologist of wide lay reading, a man of humane eloquence, a genuine communicator aware of the damnable rift that subsists between doctor and patient. Its value lies in its willingness to combine the technical and the demonic, to admit poetry and philosophy and the religious impulse. It is also intensely personal, but it affirms the community of human experience' Anthony Burgess, "Observer" 'It is in every way a marvellously rich and thoughtful tale. Dr Sacks has, once again, emphatically shown how much there is still to be learned from painstakingly observed and chronicled case history' " Sunday Telegraph" 'Dr Sacks reviews his predicament in exact clinical, emotional and philosophical terms. No one has described that famous condition so well before. A remarkable, generous, vivid and thoroughly intelligent piece of writing' "Sunday Times"

A Leg to Stand on epub download

ISBN13: 978-0330325103

ISBN: 0330325108

Author: Oliver Sacks

Category: Reference

Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides

Language: English

Publisher: Picador; 2nd edition (August 23, 1991)

Pages: 208 pages

ePUB size: 1365 kb

FB2 size: 1208 kb

Rating: 4.4

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Sacks brilliantly chronicles his experiences as a neurological patient. His experience came from a mountain climbing expedition, where he totally broke a leg and severed or damaged the femoral nerve in his leg. This book is his story of recovery from that intense and serious accident.

What Sacks concentrates on in his story are the feelings of patients, particularly his own, who have serious neurological problems and how those feelings translate to the condition itself, or the condition translates to the feelings. His most significant commentary has to do with the feelings regarding the disassociation with the affected body part. One starts to feel that it is foreign, no longer a natural part of the body. And, that it no longer exists and will never again exist to the patient.

In addition, he carefully points out the non-recognition of these patient feelings by his Neurologist who sees himself more as a fixer of mechanical problems with the body, rather than a Dr. treating a real live human being with feelings of alienation of the limb and alienation from society. Sacks writing style is sophisticate and beautiful, a rare combination for a doctor, but he achieves it like always with exquisite aplomb. The book is highly recommended for all readers interested in physical recovery, especially those who have had a significant neurological problem.
unmasked
Sacks brilliantly chronicles his experiences as a neurological patient. His experience came from a mountain climbing expedition, where he totally broke a leg and severed or damaged the femoral nerve in his leg. This book is his story of recovery from that intense and serious accident.

What Sacks concentrates on in his story are the feelings of patients, particularly his own, who have serious neurological problems and how those feelings translate to the condition itself, or the condition translates to the feelings. His most significant commentary has to do with the feelings regarding the disassociation with the affected body part. One starts to feel that it is foreign, no longer a natural part of the body. And, that it no longer exists and will never again exist to the patient.

In addition, he carefully points out the non-recognition of these patient feelings by his Neurologist who sees himself more as a fixer of mechanical problems with the body, rather than a Dr. treating a real live human being with feelings of alienation of the limb and alienation from society. Sacks writing style is sophisticate and beautiful, a rare combination for a doctor, but he achieves it like always with exquisite aplomb. The book is highly recommended for all readers interested in physical recovery, especially those who have had a significant neurological problem.
Gandree
Oliver Sacks takes on his own experience rather than that of others when he is badly injured. He discusses his experiences as a patient rather than a doctor. His warmth, humor, compassion are always in his writing. You can never go wrong with Oliver Sacks. I read and reread his books.
Gandree
Oliver Sacks takes on his own experience rather than that of others when he is badly injured. He discusses his experiences as a patient rather than a doctor. His warmth, humor, compassion are always in his writing. You can never go wrong with Oliver Sacks. I read and reread his books.
BeatHoWin
This book was very interesting as long as the author was describing his situation; but he developed his whole experience into a new neurological course of study with discussions and references to other scientists which I was just not interested in. I skipped the last few pages and yet I recognize that important things were discovered about the patient and the patient doctor relationship which had previously been totally overlooked. So the book is an IMPORTANT book but it was not really aimed at me. Also, I had never had an experience like his even remotely. I was attracted to the book by the idea of a DOCTOR having the same experiences as a patient and learning from that experience. But I had never had that experience and what he learned was above my level of expertise. I think I expected something more homey. I had not known anything about the author ahead of time except he was a doctor. I'm thinking in my head "family physician, or general surgeon". So if YOU are the RIGHT audience (student of medicine?, neurologist?, or philosopher?,) this might be the book for you.
BeatHoWin
This book was very interesting as long as the author was describing his situation; but he developed his whole experience into a new neurological course of study with discussions and references to other scientists which I was just not interested in. I skipped the last few pages and yet I recognize that important things were discovered about the patient and the patient doctor relationship which had previously been totally overlooked. So the book is an IMPORTANT book but it was not really aimed at me. Also, I had never had an experience like his even remotely. I was attracted to the book by the idea of a DOCTOR having the same experiences as a patient and learning from that experience. But I had never had that experience and what he learned was above my level of expertise. I think I expected something more homey. I had not known anything about the author ahead of time except he was a doctor. I'm thinking in my head "family physician, or general surgeon". So if YOU are the RIGHT audience (student of medicine?, neurologist?, or philosopher?,) this might be the book for you.
Castiel
This is an excellent narrative by a world renown neurologist who afterwards was able to reflect on his disabilities giving great insights into the world of anatomical alienation.
Castiel
This is an excellent narrative by a world renown neurologist who afterwards was able to reflect on his disabilities giving great insights into the world of anatomical alienation.
DrayLOVE
Vintage Sacks: introspective, articulate, very moving, scientifically astute.
DrayLOVE
Vintage Sacks: introspective, articulate, very moving, scientifically astute.
Hbr
A book written by Dr. Oliver Sacks about himself. Who would imagine this wonderful doctor being injured by a bull! He describes his experience as a patient in wonderful detail! And the things he learned while on the other end of the stethoscope!
Hbr
A book written by Dr. Oliver Sacks about himself. Who would imagine this wonderful doctor being injured by a bull! He describes his experience as a patient in wonderful detail! And the things he learned while on the other end of the stethoscope!
Memuro
I really enjoyed the first 2/3rds if this book, but the last couple of chapters were just too "medical" for my reading enjoyment.
Memuro
I really enjoyed the first 2/3rds if this book, but the last couple of chapters were just too "medical" for my reading enjoyment.
Oliver Sachs' telling of his personal experience in shattering his leg and subsequent recovery was the absolute best medicine I could have received in my own journey back to wellness. He documented for me all the overwhelming feelings I was grappling with and put my mind to rest that I hadn't lost it, and wouldn't as this was just the phenomenon connected to leg trauma and recovery. Knowing this helped me to relax into my healing in a most positive and profound way.
Oliver Sachs' telling of his personal experience in shattering his leg and subsequent recovery was the absolute best medicine I could have received in my own journey back to wellness. He documented for me all the overwhelming feelings I was grappling with and put my mind to rest that I hadn't lost it, and wouldn't as this was just the phenomenon connected to leg trauma and recovery. Knowing this helped me to relax into my healing in a most positive and profound way.