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Hallucinations / Oliver Sacks.

By: Sacks, Oliver.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: VINTAGE, 2013Description: 326 s. 2.3 cm.ISBN: 9780307947437.DDC classification: 616.89 Other classification: Vl
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<p> "Illuminate[s] the complexities of the human brain and the mysteries of the human mind." -- The New York Times <br> <br> To 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.<br> <br> 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.</p>

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. ix)
  • 1 Silent Multitudes: Charles Bonnet Syndrome (p. 3)
  • 2 The Prisoner's Cinema: Sensory Deprivation (p. 34)
  • 3 A Few Nanograms of Wine: Hallucinatory Smells (p. 45)
  • 4 Hearing Things (p. 53)
  • 5 The Illusions of Parkinsonism (p. 74)
  • 6 Altered States (p. 90)
  • 7 Patterns: Visual Migraines (p. 122)
  • 8 The "Sacred" Disease (p. 133)
  • 9 Bisected: Hallucinations in the Half-Field (p. 164)
  • 10 Delirious (p. 180)
  • 11 On the Threshold of Sleep (p. 199)
  • 12 Narcolepsy and Night Hags (p. 218)
  • 13 The Haunted Mind (p. 229)
  • 14 Doppelgängers: Hallucinating Oneself (p. 255)
  • 15 Phantoms, Shadows, and Sensory Ghosts (p. 272)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 295)
  • Bibliography (p. 297)
  • Index (p. 311)