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Losing TouchA man without his body$
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Jonathan Cole

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778875.001.0001

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“The Man Who Lost His Body”

“The Man Who Lost His Body”

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(p.64) 6 “The Man Who Lost His Body”
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Losing Touch
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Jonathan Cole

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778875.003.0007

This chapter concern’s Ian’s visit to the USA to meet Charles Freed, who had become deafferented aged 60. Oliver Sacks had sent some film of Charles from Howard Poizner’s US lab, and it was arranged for Ian to spend a few days with Charles, showing him the cognitive control needed to move, before filming started on a BBC TV documentary. This was to be part of a series with Sacks, and Ian visited NASA for several scenes. Subsequently the BBC decided that Ian’s documentary was better as a standalone Horizon program, so new film was shot. It cut narrative of Ian’s progress, taking him back with his mother to Jersey, where he was taken ill, to the rehabilitation hospital with filmed research in Chicago on gesture and a functional imaging experiment in London. The chapter also details Ian’s thoughts on re-watching the documentary 15 years later.

Keywords:   “The Man Who Lost His Body”, BBC Horizon, NASA DART robot, Oliver Sacks, gesture

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