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Knopf Canada, Nov 6, 2012 - Science - 352 pages
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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.


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User Review  - Michael Johnston - Goodreads

This is a wonderful book on the causes and types of hallucinations by the always interesting Dr. Oliver Sacks (author of Awakenings, Musicophilia, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat among ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

In this book, the author continues his project of making neuroscience accessible to most thoughtful readers. His subject includes ordinary hallucinations, ie, those not brought on by psychosis, but by ... Read full review

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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.

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