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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 acquirewisdom and knowledge and see and hear and knowwhat are foul and what are fair what are bad andwhat are good what are sweet and what are unsavoryAnd by the same organ we become madand delirious and fears and terrors assail usAll these things we endure from the brain when itis not healthy In these ways I am of the opinion that the brain exercises the greatest--Hippocrates On the Sacred Disease It is human nature to be curious about how we see andhear why some things feel good and others hurt how wemove how we reason learn remember and forget the natureof anger and madnessBear Connors Paradiso 3 Thisquote found in my neuroscience textbook basically sums upwhy we study and write about the brain The brain has beena curiosity to man since the beginning of science Theactual term neuroscience is as recent as the 1970s butthe study of the brain is as old as science itself Evolving over time the discipline of neuroscience hasundergone significant changes to become what it is today New findings new discoveries are always changing what weknow or think we know about the brain It is with this inmind that I attempt to discuss Oliver Sacks collection ofReferring to himself as a physician Oliver Sacks hasdedicated his entire life to studying the person behindneurological deficits His interest lies not in the diseaseitself but also in the person-the suffering afflictedfighting human subject- and he presents these people inshort narratives collected in The Man who Mistook His Wifefor a Hat Oliver writes these stories to teach the readerabout the identity of people who fall victim to neurologicaldiseases He describes the experience of the victim asheshe struggles to survive hisher disease It is thisstruggle this description of persona that leads to thenotion of
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