A Leg to Stand On

A Leg to Stand On

Self Help
Paperback Published on: 20/04/2023
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Synopsis

‘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 kind of alien and inanimate object, over which he had no control.

A Leg to Stand On is both an account of Sacks’ ordeal and subsequent recovery, and an exploration of the ways in which mind and body are inextricably linked.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529087420
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 166g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 16 mm

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