Hallucinations Hardcover – Nov 6 2012
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An Amazon.com Best Book 
FINALIST 2014 – Wellcome Book Prize
“Absorbing…. His compassion for his patients and his own philosophical outlook turn what might have been clinical case studies into humanely written short stories, animated as much by an intuitive appreciation of the human condition as by scientific understanding.”
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Book Review
“[I]t is impossible not to get sucked in by the sheer enthusiasm with which he tackles his subject, the breadth of knowledge and research he brings to it, and the quirky charm he unleashes on nearly every page.”
“Sacks triumphs. Not just in the clarity with which he teaches us about the obscure phenomenology of the human brain, but in the light his writing casts on even our most ordinary experiences.”
—The Telegraph (4/5 stars)
“[Sacks is a] master at bridging the arts and the sciences…. Fascinating book…. Written with both grace and erudition, Hallucinations taps into the mysteries of the human brain in a way calculated to appeal to both the scientist and general reader with a questing mind.”
"Oliver Sacks is our greatest chronicler of people with unusual neurological and sensory disabilities and experiences."
—The Globe and Mail
"With his trademark mix of evocative description, probing curiosity, and warm empathy, Sacks once again draws back the curtain on the mind's improbable workings."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Oliver Sacks...gets trippy."
—Quill & Quire
About the Author
OLIVER SACKS is a practicing physician and the author of 10 books, including The Mind's Eye, Musicophilia,The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film). He lives in New York City, where he is a professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the first Columbia University Artist. The author lives in New York, NY.See all Product Description
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"I think of this book, then, as a sort of natural history or anthology of hallucinations, describing the experiences and impact of hallucinations on those who have them, for the power of hallucinations is to be understood from first-person accounts."
This is indeed a most accurate assessment from Sacks himself of his latest book, which covers virtually every aspect of hallucinations, except for those induced within those people suffering from schizophrenia, simply because they require ".....a book of their own, for they cannot be divorced from the often profoundly altered inner life and life circumstances of those with schizophrenia."
Drawing extensively on his personal interactions with patients, other medical reports and religious and artistic references, Sacks demonstrates how hallucinations can be viewed as an "essential part of the human condition." In his rather elegant, yet simple, literary style, Sacks explains the neurophysiology behind notable causes of hallucinations like the Charles Bonnet Syndrome, sensory deprivation, Parkinsonism, being delirious, narcolepsy, and even the existence of phantom limbs observed all too often by amputees.Read more ›
As a keen student of neuroscience though I was a little disappointed. There is very little about the physiologic basis of hallucinations, and I think it would have been very interesting to explore how each of the different conditions creates their unique brand of hallucinations through their own unique mechanisms... but if he had done that it would have made the book considerably dryer and it is likely the mechanisms are still unknown to us at this time anyway.
Would highly recommend for it's readability and breadth of discussion. Sacks is a wonderful physician, a brilliant thinker and a great writer.
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The brain is an amazing thing, and this book is one of the most interesting and absorbing I've read on the topicPublished 16 months ago by Ruby Twos
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