Preface and Acknowledgements* Science has occasions just like poetry does. * The occasions of medicine are injury and sickness. * During his recovery Sacks was both the patient and the doctor. * In writing A Leg to Stand On, Sacks was helped by A.R. Luria. * In the current edition, he used the original Chapter 7 and inserted an Afterword.
Chapter 1* On a mountain in Norway, Sacks hiked alone, ignoring the warning sign about the bull. * He was startled by the bull, ran, and fell. * He severed a tendon in his left leg and "rowed" down the mountain with his hands. * While nearing death, he remembered life with thankfulness. * He was rescued at nightfall by two reindeer hunters.
Chapter 2* At a London hospital, Sacks underwent a seven hour surgery. * In physical therapy, he was unable to move his left leg. * He lost his left field of vision, similar to when he suffered...
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