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Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

Summary: 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.

Angie’s Comments: Oliver Sacks, who died August 30, 2015, always seemed to meet up with some interesting medical questions. In Hallucinations, he addresses issues that we all have. It is a good book, although not as interesting as other book he wrote. In some cases, I wasn’t sure what the difference was among the different types of hallucinations that he addresses in the book. However, I did learn a lot, and I enjoyed the book. Sacks’ writing is always easy for a layman like myself to read.

Recommended to readers who like Oliver Sacks’ books and/or medical mysteries.