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    DescriptionTo 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.

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    By (author) Oliver W Sacks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 326
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307947437
    ISBN 10: 0307947432

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    Libri: I-PI
    BIC subject category V2: JM, PD, MJN, VF
    DC22: 616.89
    B&T General Subject: 510
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24600
    BISAC V2.8: MED056000, PSY000000, BIO000000
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    BISAC V2.8: HEA000000
    LC classification: RC553.H3 S33 2013B
    Thema V1.0: VFD, DNB, JM, PD, MKJ
    Vintage Books
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    02 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Oliver Sacks is a practicing physician and the author of twelve 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 at the NYU School of Medicine.
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    "Dr. Sacks conjures apparitions in language that has an easy, tactile magic. . . . He illuminate[s] the complexities of the human brain and the mysteries of the human mind." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "Beguiling. . . . Sacks presents a field guide to our quirky operating system's powers of deception with storytelling that makes readers feel like medical insiders." --"Chicago Tribune" "Elegant. . . . An absorbing plunge into a mystery of the mind." --"Entertainment Weekly" "Humane, compassionate. . . . These tales are at turns delightful, entertaining, bizarre and sometimes downright terrifying." --"Minneapolis Star Tribune" "This doctor cares deeply about his patients' experiences--about their lives, not just about their diseases. Through his accounts we can imagine what it is like to find that our perceptions don't hook on to reality--that our brains are constructing a world that nobody else can see, hear or touch. . . . Sacks has turned hallucinations from something bizarre and frightening into something that seems part of what it means to be a person. His book, too, is a medical and human triumph." --"The Washington Post " "[Sacks] covers a broad range of sensory disturbances. . . . One of the pleasures of reading "Hallucinations" is understanding how complex human reality often trumps attempts to categorize it." --"The New York Times Book Review " "Sacks' science writing is always revelatory, and there are moments in "Hallucinations" when seeing things can feel downright life-affirming." --"Time" "The greatest living ethnographer of those fascinating tribes who live on the outer and still largely uncharted shores of the land of Mind-and-Brain." --"The Guardian" (London) "Fascinating and engaging. . . . Sacks uses the unique mixture of patient anecdote, memoir, scientific information, and broad reference to literature, art, music, history, and philosophy that has characterized all his work." --"T