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Best Oliver Sacks Books You Should Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Oliver Sacks books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales (1998)

 Best Oliver Sacks Books You Should ReadIn his most extraordinary book, “one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century” (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders.Oliver Sacks’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who…
Author(s): Oliver Sacks

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Expanded Edition (2008)

 Best Oliver Sacks Books You Should ReadWith the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition.
Author(s): Oliver Sacks

Hallucinations (2013)

 Best Oliver Sacks Books You Should ReadTo 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.
Author(s): Oliver Sacks

Awakenings (1999)

 Best Oliver Sacks Books You Should ReadAwakenings–which inspired the major motion picture–is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, “awakening” effect. Dr.
Author(s): Oliver Sacks

An Anthropologist On Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales (1996)

 Best Oliver Sacks Books You Should ReadTo these seven narratives of neurological disorder Dr. Sacks brings the same humanity, poetic observation, and infectious sense of wonder that are apparent in his bestsellers Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. These men, women, and one extraordinary child emerge as brilliantly adaptive personalities, whose conditions have not so much debilitated them as ushered them into another reality.
Author(s): Oliver Sacks

On the Move: A Life (2016)

 Best Oliver Sacks Books You Should ReadOne of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Louis Post- When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote: “Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.” It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks writes about the passions that have driven his life—from motorcycles and weight lifting to neurology and poetry.
Author(s): Oliver Sacks

The Mind’s Eye (2011)

 Best Oliver Sacks Books You Should ReadWith compassion and insight, Dr. Oliver Sacks again illuminates the mysteries of the brain by introducing us to some remarkable characters, including Pat, who remains a vivacious communicator despite the stroke that deprives her of speech, and Howard, a novelist who loses the ability to read. Sacks investigates those who can see perfectly well but are unable to recognize faces, even those of their own children.
Author(s): Oliver Sacks

Migraine (1999)

 Best Oliver Sacks Books You Should ReadThe many manifestations of migraine can vary dramatically from one patient to another, even within the same patient at different times. Among the most compelling and perplexing of these symptoms are the strange visual hallucinations and distortions of space, time, and body image which migraineurs sometimes experience. Portrayals of these uncanny states have found their way into many works of art, from the heavenly visions of Hildegard von Bingen to Alice in Wonderland. Dr.
Author(s): Oliver Sacks

Seeing Voices (2000)

 Best Oliver Sacks Books You Should ReadLike , this is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land, a provocative meditation on communication, biology, adaptation, and culture.  In , Oliver Sacks turns his attention to the subject of deafness, and the result is a deeply felt portrait of a minority struggling for recognition and respect–a minority with its own rich, sometimes astonishing, culture and unique visual language, an extraordinary mode of communication that tells us much about the basis of language in he…
Author(s): Oliver Sacks

A Leg to Stand On (1998)

 Best Oliver Sacks Books You Should ReadDr. Oliver Sacks’s books Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars and the bestselling The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat have been acclaimed for their extraordinary compassion in the treatment of patients affected with profound disorders. In A Leg to Stand On, it is Sacks himself who is the patient: an encounter with a bull on a desolate mountain in Norway has left him with a severely damaged leg.
Author(s): Oliver Sacks

The Island of the Colorblind (1998)

 Best Oliver Sacks Books You Should Read“An explorer of that most wondrous of islands, the human brain,” writes D.M.
Author(s): Oliver Sacks

Best Oliver Sacks Books You Should Read

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A Leg to Stand On

Author(s): Oliver Sacks, M.D.
ID: 2745089, Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks

Author(s): Lawrence Weschler
ID: 2399708, Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, Year: 2019, Size: 23 Mb, Format: epub

Everything in its place: First Loves and Last Tales

Author(s): Sacks, Oliver
ID: 2759149, Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Year: 2019, Size: 685 Kb, Format: epub

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