The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
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  • Sir, could you please tell me what you see here.
  • I see... a circle.
  • Sir, do you not see your own wife?
  • My wife?
  • Is this not my wife here? Right next to me?
  • No... That Sir is a hat! Do you mind me doing a few more examinations on you?
  • Psychologist Oliver Sacks had received a new client, a music teacher, who had a severe problem with agnosia and aphasia. This meant he could not identify faces or objects well.
  • Shall we go outside?
  • Why not. We might see some of my music students.
  • The man couldn't recognise his wife whom he had been married to for multiple years. Sacks was intrigued by this and wanted to find out the severity of the agnosia and aphasia.
  • Oh wow! It's one of my students!
  • Sir, what do you see this time?
  • The man was distraught when he realised he didn't notice his wife. However, he was also confused as he thought his wife was somewhere else.
  • This will make for a great book!
  • The man agreed willingly as this would mean that he would be able to understand his condition more.
  • Sacks was even more intrigued as he had now realised that the man was unable to recognise, not only his wife but other shapes and faces in general.
  • Sacks then went back to his office and would soon write an extraordinary case study that would soon become a well known and award winning book.
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