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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Mr P a music teacher whose associates have questioned his perception is referred by his ophthalmologist to the neurologist Oliver Sacks During the first office visit Sacks notices that Mr P faces him with his ears not his eyes His gaze seems unnatural darting and fixating on the doctors features one at a time To begin with there are only a few quirks about him that Dr Sacks notices There was confusion about his shoe and his foot and also about what he saw in a picture of sand dunes in the Sahara desert He seemed to make up in his imagination things he saw in the picture instead of what was actually there At the end of the interview at which his wife is present Mr P appears to grasp his wifes head and tries to lift it off and put it on his own head He hadmistaken his wife for a hat She gave no sign that anything odd had happened During the second interview at Mr Ps home Mr P easily describes the geometrical shapes but is unable to identify pictures of his own family or friends or even pictures of himself He unable to recognize the rose that Sacks has so he describes it as a convoluted red form with a linear green attachment Sacks asked him if he knows what it is and he guesses it could be a flower When he is asked to smell it he comes to life and knows it When alone with Ms P in the kitchen he sees Mr Ps paintings The paintings that start as pictures of realism then go to geometrical abstract shapes and then finally to splotches and chaotic lines shows how Mr Ps perception visually has drastically changed Ms P explains that Mr P functions by making little songs about what he is doing--dressing washing or eating If the
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