The introspective account of illness, recovery and physical realisation, complete with literary allusions and references. Oliver Sacks is the author of some of the most intriguing memoirs, or anecdotal histories, or whatever you want to call them... perhaps inward safaris? His books, An Anthropologist on Mars, and the Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, are perennial favorites of mine, re-read again and again. This book is not as far-ranging, being the study of one case only. But it is an excellent read for those who have experience bone-breaks and nerve impediments, and an interesting journey for those who have not. Another wonderous read from Dr. Sacks.
A lot slower than Sacks' other books (with the possible exception of "Island of the Colorblind" where he goes off on tangents about ferns). This book DOES have a lot of insight into the kind of person that Sacks is, and why he thinks the way he does, but if you're interested in STORIES, I would recommend "The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat" or "An Anthropoligist on Mars."