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Men ought to know that from nothing else but the brain come joys delights laughter and sports and sorrows griefs despondency and lamentations And by this in an especial manner we acquire wisdom and knowledge and see and hear and know what are foul and what are fair what are bad and what are good what are sweet and what are unsavoryAnd by the same organ we become mad and delirious and fears and terrors assail us All these things we endure from the brain when it is not healthy In these ways I am of the opinion that the brain exercises the greatest power in the man --Hippocrates On the Sacred Disease 4th century BC It is human nature to be curious about how we see and hear why some things feel good and others hurt how we move how we reason learn remember and forget the nature of anger and madnessBear Connors Paradiso 3 This quote found in my neuroscience textbook basically sums up why we study and write about the brain The brain has been a curiosity to man since the beginning of science The actual term neuroscience is as recent as the 1970s but the study of the brain is as old as science itself Evolving over time the discipline of neuroscience has undergone significant changes to become what it is today New findings new discoveries are always changing what we know or think we know about the brain It is with this in mind that I attempt to discuss Oliver Sacks collection of narratives Referring to himself as a physician Oliver Sacks has dedicated his entire life to studying the person behind neurological deficits His interest lies not in the disease itself but also in the person-the suffering afflicted fighting human subject- and he presents these people in short narratives collected in The Man who Mistook His Wife for a
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