Hallucinations - Oliver Sacks

Following on Musicophilia, with its accounts of patients whose brain injuries caused various sorts of phantom musical experiences, the literary neurologist Oliver Sacks here tells tales of his own youthful Hallucinations (Random House, $26.95). They started when he was a medical resident, and, “seeking a holiday from inner and outer restrictions,” he experimented with a smorgasbord of drugs, including LSD, cannabis, opium, and amphetamines. The resulting head trips were so memorable that he can still describe them in detail. Later, while working in a migraine clinic, Sacks used amphetamines to stimulate his intellectual curiosity. During the last of these trips, he received the revelation that would become his now classic study of migraines—but he had to quit the drugs in order to realize his vision.

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ISBN: 9780307947437
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Published: Vintage - July 2nd, 2013

The Philosophical Baby - Alison Gopnik

What is it like to be a baby? By looking at recent research studies in children’s cognition, Alison Gopnik explores the nature of children’s consciousness, imagination, memory, moral reasoning, and sense of ‘self’. She demonstrates that recent findings refute old claims that children are irrational creatures, incapable of making moral judgments. Gopnik also suggests that human babies need the long time of dependency on their parents in order to learn as much as they can about the world and the minds of others. It is not a how-to parenting book, but it would certainly make a great read for any new parent who wants to know how children’s minds work.
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ISBN: 9780312429843
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Published: Picador - July 6th, 2010

The Mind's Eye - Oliver W. Sacks

A new book by the prominent neurologist Oliver Sacks is always cause for excitement, and THE MIND’S EYE (Knopf, $26.95), his new collection of six stories about patients with neurologically-based vision problems, has two added pleasures: an update on the continuing visual impairments suffered by the eponymous patient of The Man Who Mistook His  Wife For A Hat, and the inclusion of two deeply personal essays about Dr. Sacks’s own case.  In “Face-Blind,” Sacks recounts his lifelong inability to recognize or recollect faces and places and his coping mechanisms for adapting to and compensating for this visual deficit.  In another piece he writes about feeling like a terrified child when a melanoma is diagnosed in his eye. 

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ISBN: 9780307473028
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011