Oliver Sacks

Marco de Innocentis mdeinnocentis at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 1 13:12:35 EST 2000


In article <388656E2.19F6 at le.ac.uk>,
  "A.F. Simpson" <AFS7 at le.ac.uk> wrote:

> You should have tried AltaVista.  A search of +"Oliver Sacks"
+homepage
> brought up (as the first hit!) www.oliversacks.com, "The Official
Oliver
> Sacks Website".

Thanks a lot. Actually, I'm not sure anymore whether I'd want
to contact someone who is megalomaniac enough to have a website
named after himself. I guess I won't bother. All I wanted to
tell him was that there had been a few cases in Britain in recent
years of people who insisted in having a part of their body
amputated (usually a leg). Somehow, this limb was felt as alien,
not part of the person's body image, and in a couple of cases
the people resorted to self-amputation. Sacks described similar
occurrences in two of his books. I wondered if there had been
studies on cases like these done by neurologists.

Incidentally, what is Oliver Sacks' reputation as a neurologist?
I know from experience that successful writers in other branches
of science are not always regarded with approval by colleagues in
their profession (Michio Kaku and Stephen Hawking spring to mind).

Marco


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