A Leg to Stand on


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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. The injury itself was severe, but straightforward to fix; the psychological effects, however, were far less easy to predict, explain, or resolve: Sacks experienced paralysis and an inability to perceive his leg as his own, instead seeing it as some ...

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Aug 26, 2010

fascinating, profound

My physical therapist recommended this book while I was recovering from foot surgery. While not as well written as other Sacks' work, some of the anecdotes and observations are fascinating and I found myself thinking about this book long after it was back on the shelf. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in medicine, or who has had a leg or foot injury.

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