After reading “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” this summer I decided I was locked. I cannot get enough information about the way the human mind works. This topic is incredibly fascinating. Dr. Oliver Sacks is an amazing author and physician. After following a neurologist for a week this summer, it became obvious to me that most of Dr. Sacks cases mentioned in his book are ones that are pretty rare, especially the associative cortex pathologies. In his book, Dr. Sacks shows his amazing gift of observation and curiosity as he documents each of these remarkable case-studies. The patients in this book really pulled me in and sparked my curiosity as it never has been before. I was just amazed at the things that can be learned about the human mind through careful observation.
So, I brought another book recommended through Amazon’s recommendation list (which is actually pretty good), called “Phantoms in the Brain” by V.S. Ramachandran. I am only part way through the book, and it’s phenomenal. To get an idea of what his work is about see these videos:
Dr. Ramachandran is another brilliant neurologist who through careful observation is discovering amazing thinks about how the human mind processes it’s body-image, pain, and sights. These are truly interesting topics and I get excited just reading about them. If someday I am able to research these things and become a neurologist, it’s going to be partly due to these two gifted physicians.