If we wish to know about a man, we ask 'what is his story--his real, inmost story'--for each of us is a biography, a story.
When I said rare and strange, I am referring to a time when this book was written and published. A present reader might find the cases and terms used were already dated. Nonetheless, this book (and the author himself) actually made quite a stir during my college years. It brought a certain level of understanding to non-medical people -it challenged misconceptions and case isolation. And we cannot blame people for using commonly acknowledged terms during those years, before political correctness was established.
—animals get diseases, but only man falls radically into sickness.
I must admit that I had a hard time reading the book. It was very difficult debating with a book -very unproductive. I meant debating. Believe me, I know. It was not until I convinced myself to read it as another form of literature, rather than as case studies or histories, did I finished its entirety. The telling turned out to be engaging for the most part then.
Title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for A Hat
F2F34 discussion at Wood Neighborhood Deli,
Makati; Moderated by Kirstel.
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