Migraine by Oliver SacksMigraine by Oliver Sacks


byOliver Sacks

Paperback | November 13, 2008

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The many manifestations of migraine can vary dramatically from one patient to another, even within the same patient at different times. Among the most compelling and perplexing of these symptoms are the strange visual hallucinations and distortions of space, time, and body image which migraineurs sometimes experience. Portrayals of these uncanny states have found their way into many works of art, from the heavenly visions of Hildegard von Bingen to Alice in Wonderland. Dr. Oliver Sacks argues that migraine cannot be understood simply as an illness, but must be viewed as a complex condition with a unique role to play in each individual's life.

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Oliver Sacks is the author of Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and many other books, for which he has received numerous awards, including the Hawthornden Prize, a Polk Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in New York City, where he is a practicing ne...
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Title:MigraineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.1 × 5.2 × 0.8 inPublished:November 13, 2008Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030739817X

ISBN - 13:9780307398178

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"Balanced, authoritative . . . brilliant." —The London Times"Written by one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century, Migraine . . . should be read as much for its brilliant insights into the nature of our mental functioning as for its discussion of the migraine." —The New York Times Book Review"I am sure . . . that any layman who is interested in the relation between the body and mind . . . will find the book as fascinating as I have." —W. H. Auden, The New York Review of Books“Oliver Sacks’s commentary is so erudite, so gracefully written, that even those people fortunate enough never to have had a migraine in their lives should find it equally compelling.” — The New York Times