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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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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>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. 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)