Harriett Tubman and The Neurologist Essay

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“Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People” was written by Langston Hughes is about the life of Harriet Tubman. This story is an account of a former slave and how Tubman delivered slaves into freedom (The EMC Masterpiece Series [EMC], 2005, p. 388-392). Oliver Sacks wrote the story “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.” The neurologist tells the story to describe how Dr. P, a professor of music, coped with a neurological ailment (EMC, 2005, p. 406-414). These two characters both faced tribulations. These problems were of a similar sort wherein they had to overcome adversities. They approached their conflicts the same way; however, they solved their problems differently. Harriet Tubman and the neurologist find themselves on a journey …show more content…
In the story “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” Dr. P is a musician who had problems with seeing visual images. He could not physically recognize things around him – his own face, wife, foot, shoes, etc. He even he grabbed his wife’s head to put on his head because he thought that his wife was a hat. P has wonderful musical intelligence and can accomplish his activities if he is singing; however, he would forget everything and completely stop his activities when he was interrupted from his singing. The neurologist knew there was something wrong with Dr. P; yet he could not figure out what the problem was.
Harriet wanted her family with her and to enjoy the free life; so she rode the trains three times to help them escape. She gathered more and more slaves as she kept going back to the “slave lands.” “To ensure that she or the others would not be caught Harriet disguised them. Sometimes she would disguise the slaves as men and give the babies a sleeping medicine to keep them quite” (“About,” 2011).She used the Underground Railroad - a secret network of safe houses. If anyone changed their mind and wanted to return, Tubman would pull a gun and say, “You’ll be free or die a slave!” She knew that if anyone returned, it would endanger her and other escaping slaves; there was always a reward for a runaway slave.
During the neurologist’s era, psychology was not considered a medical profession. Society thought that anything wrong with

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