by Eric Meisberger,
LBPH Reader Advisor
Oliver Sacks is prolific writer. He is also a physician, and a professor of neurology. You might know him from the film adaptation of his book Awakenings. This remarkable man has an equally remarkable way of looking at neurology and the different neurological situations that people find themselves in. He is able to tell their stories and discuss their experiences with both scientific depth and academic rigor. He also uses approachable language and accessible ideas to make these cases come to life for the reader. Whether you already know about Oliver Sacks or are new to his work, be sure to check out some of the titles we have in our collection by this renowned author.
On 19 Feb, 2015, Sacks released a statement in The New York Times about learning that he has a terminal cancer condition. Our thoughts go out to him and his family. You can read his words HERE.
Account of people who fell ill during the great sleeping-sickness epidemic just after World War I. These people with encephalitis lethargica (a form of Parkinson’s disease), were frozen in a catatonic state for decades. But with the introduction of L-DOPA in 1969, they began to experience astonishing ‘awakenings’. Sacks provides case histories on twenty patients. Bestseller. 1990.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
A doctor explores neurological disorders with a novelist’s skill and appreciation of his patients as human beings. Sacks suggests that therapy for brain-damaged patients be designed to help restore the personal quality of the individual. Bestseller 1986.
Neurologist and author of the bestselling “Awakenings” (RC 33438) investigates the way music affects the human brain by observing the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and ordinary people. Describes conditions such as musical seizures and hallucinations and musicogenic epilepsy. Also explores the calming effects of sound. 2007.
Neurologist and author of “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” (DB/RC 23901) examines the phenomenon, history, and treatment of hallucinations. Investigates visual, auditory, and olfactory events. Discusses drug-induced, mind-altering experiences and diseases with hallucinatory symptoms such as Charles Bonnet syndrome, which affects blind individuals. Bestseller. 2012.