Hallucinations

ISBN-10: 0307947432
ISBN-13: 9780307947437
Edition: N/A
Authors: Oliver Sacks
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Description: To many people, hallucinations imply madness, but in fact they are a common part of the human experience. These sensory distortions range from the shimmering zigzags of a visual migraine to powerful visions brought on by fever, injuries, drugs,  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/2/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

To many people, hallucinations imply madness, but in fact they are a common part of the human experience. These sensory distortions range from the shimmering zigzags of a visual migraine to powerful visions brought on by fever, injuries, drugs, sensory deprivation, exhaustion, or even grief. Hallucinations doubtless lie behind many mythological traditions, literary inventions, and  religious epiphanies. Drawing on his own experiences, a wealth of clinical cases from among his patients, and famous historical examples ranging from Dostoevsky to Lewis Carroll, the legendary neurologist Oliver Sacks investigates the mystery of these sensory deceptions: what they say about the working of our brains, how they have influenced our folklore and culture, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all.

Oliver Wolf Sacks is a neurologist and writer. He was born in London, England on July 9, 1933. Sacks earned his medical degree at Oxford University and performed his internship at Middlesex Hospital in London and Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. He completed his residency at UCLA. In 1965, Sacks became a clinical neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor and Beth Abraham Hospital. He also worked with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Sacks' work in a Bronx charity hospital led him to write the book Awakenings in 1973. The book inspired a play by Harold Pinter and became a film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. Sacks was also elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He also wrote Mind's Eye which made The NewYork Times Bestseller list for 2010.

Introduction
Silent Multitudes: Charles Bonnet Syndrome
The Prisoner's Cinema: Sensory Deprivation
A Few Nanograms of Wine: Hallucinatory Smells
Hearing Things
The Illusions of Parkinsonism
Altered States
Patterns: Visual Migraines
The "Sacred" Disease
Bisected: Hallucinations in the Half-Field
Delirious
On the Threshold of Sleep
Narcolepsy and Night Hags
The Haunted Mind
Doppelg�ngers: Hallucinating Oneself
Phantoms, Shadows, and Sensory Ghosts
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index

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