Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

Hallucinations

byOliver Sacks

Kobo ebook | November 6, 2012

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Hallucinations, for most people, imply madness. But there are many different types of non-psychotic hallucination caused by various illnesses or injuries, by intoxication--even, for many people, by falling sleep. From the elementary geometrical shapes that we see when we rub our eyes to the complex swirls and blind spots and zigzags of a visual migraine, hallucination takes many forms. At a higher level, hallucinations associated with the altered states of consciousness that may come with sensory deprivation or certain brain disorders can lead to religious epiphanies or conversions. Drawing on a wealth of clinical examples from his own patients as well as historical and literary descriptions, Oliver Sacks investigates the fundamental differences and similarities of these many sorts of hallucinations, what they say about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture's folklore and art, 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 th...
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Title:HallucinationsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 6, 2012Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307402193

ISBN - 13:9780307402196

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from You are not crazy... you're hallucinating! Sack explores what is means to hallucinate through anecdotes: people with tumors, brain injury, taking drugs, etc. It makes you wonder about what perception means.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I bought this book not long ago and it is a great book explaining different types of hallucinations !
Date published: 2016-12-22