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Musicophilia : Picador Classic - Oliver Sacks

Musicophilia

Picador Classic

By: Oliver Sacks, Daniel Glaser (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 10th July 2018
ISBN: 9781509870141
Number Of Pages: 464

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The late Oliver Sacks’ compassionate tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own minds.

Musicophilia is no different. In this breathtaking work, Sacks examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians and everyday people – those struck by affliction, unusual talent and even, in one case, by lightning – to show not only that music occupies more areas of our brain than language does, but also that it can torment, calm, organize and heal.

Always wise and compellingly readable, these stories alter our conception of who we are and how we function, and show us an essential part of what it is to be human.

Industry Reviews

"A humane discourse on the fragility of our minds, of the bodies that give rise to them, and of the world they create for us. This book is filled with wonders."
Daily Telegraph

"An elegantly outlined series of case studies . . . which reveal the depth to which music grips so many people."
Observer

" Fascinating. Music, as Sacks explains, can pierce the heart directly. And this is the truth that he so brilliantly focuses upon - that music saves, consoles and nourishes us."
Daily Mail

ISBN: 9781509870141
ISBN-10: 1509870148
Series: Picador Classic
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 10th July 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.38

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Oliver Sacks

About the Author


Oliver Sacks, M.D. is a physician, a best-selling author, and a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. The New York Times has referred to him as “the poet laureate of medicine.”

He is best known for his collections of neurological case histories, including The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain and An Anthropologist on Mars. Awakenings, his book about a group of patients who had survived the great encephalitis lethargica epidemic of the early twentieth century, inspired the 1990 Academy Award-nominated feature film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams.

Dr. Sacks is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books.

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