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    DescriptionMusic can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does--humans are a musical species. Oliver Sacks's compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. In "Musicophilia, " he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people--from a man who is struck by lightning and suddenly inspired to become a pianist at the age of forty-two, to an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; from people with "amusia," to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans, to a man whose memory spans only seven seconds--for everything but music. Our exquisite sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong: Sacks explores how catchy tunes can subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire nonstop musical hallucinations that assault them night and day. Yet far more frequently, music goes right: Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson's disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer's or amnesia. Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and in "Musicophilia, " Oliver Sacks tells us why.

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    Tales of Music and the Brain
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Oliver W Sacks, Read by Simon Prebble
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 158 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    ISBN 13: 9780739357392
    ISBN 10: 0739357395

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    Ingram Subject Code: JN
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    BISAC V2.8: MUS000000, PSY020000
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    B&T Approval Code: A08090000
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    BISAC V2.8: MED056000, PSY034000
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    DC22: 781.11
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: MUS001000
    LC classification: ML3830 .S13 2007B
    Edition statement
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    16 October 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Oliver Sacks is a physician and the author of nine previous books, including T"he 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 Professor of Clinical Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. Visit his website at www.oliversacks.com.
    Review quote
    "Dr. Sacks writes not just as a doctor and a scientist but also as a humanist with a philosophical and literary bent. . . [his] book not only contributes to our understanding of the elusive magic of music but also illuminates the strange workings, and misfirings, of the human mind." -Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "Oliver Sacks turns his formidable attention to music and the brain . . . He doesn't stint on the science . . . but the underlying authority of "Musicophilia" lies in the warmth and easy command of the author's voice." -Mark Coleman, Los Angeles Times "His work is luminous, original, and indispensable . . . "Musicophilia" is a Chopin mazurka recital of a book, fast, inventive and weirdly beautiful . . . Yet what is most awe-inspiring is his observational empathy." -"American Scholar" "Curious, cultured, caring, in his person Sacks justifies the medical profession and, one is tempted to say, the human race . . . Sacks is, in short, the ideal exponent of the view that responsiveness to music is intrinsic to our makeup. He is also the ideal guide to the territory he covers. "Musicophilia" allows readers to join Sacks where he is most alive, amid melodies and with his patients." -Peter D. Kramer, "The Washington Post " "Readers will be grateful that Sacks . . . is happy to revel in phenomena that he cannot yet explain." -"The New York Times Book Review ""The persuasive essays about composers, patients, savants, and ordinary people . . . offer captivating variations on the central premise that human beings are 'exquisitely tuned' to the illuminating yet ultimately mysterious powers of music." -"Elle" "With the exception of Lewis Thomas, no physician has ever written better about his trade." -"Salon " "A gifted writer and a neurologist, Sacks spins one fascinating tale after another to show what happens when music and the brain mix it up." "-Newsweek " "From the Hardcover edition."