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Musicophilia Tales of Music and the Brain

ISBN-10: 1400033535
ISBN-13: 9781400033539
Edition: 2008
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Description: With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought toThe Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. InMusicophilia, he shows us a variety of what  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/23/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought toThe Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. InMusicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls "musical misalignments." Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with "amusia," to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music. Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable,Musicophiliais Oliver Sacks' latest masterpiece.

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.

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