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Migraine Paperback – October 5, 1999
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"Written by one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century, Migraine . . . should be read as much for its brilliant insights into the nature of our mental functioning as for its discussion of the migraine." --"The New York Times Book Review
The 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. Oliver Sacks argues that migraine cannot be understood simply as an illness, but must be viewed as a complex condition with a unique role to play in each individual's life.
"I am sure . . . that any layman who is interested in the relation between the body and mind . . . will find the book as fascinating as I have." --W. H. Auden, "The New York Review of Books
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Dr. Sacks spent almost fifty years working as a neurologist and wrote a number of books--including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations--about the strange neurological predicaments and conditions of his patients. The New York Times referred to him as "the poet laureate of medicine," and he received many awards, including honors from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Royal College of Physicians. His memoir, On the Move, was published shortly before his death in August 2015.
Sacks' work has inspired many adaptations, including the Oscar-nominated film of Awakenings starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, a play by Harold Pinter, and several works by Peter Brook.
Gratitude will be published on November 24, 2015.
For more information, please visit www.oliversacks.com.
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This is a widely misdiagnosed and incorrectly treated malady and sufferers need to be INFORMED about what is happening to them and why it is happening. Save yourself lots of grief and pain, read this book and you will be well armed in your fight for relief from this horrible malady.
I'm updating this review due to some of the unbelievably idiotic negative reviews some have given this book, one who admits they haven't even read it! After reading this book several years ago and most anything else published on migraine since, I can still say this is the book that is an absolute "Must Read" for any migraineur. You can't properly seek treatment until you understand what migraine actually is, not a 'headache' but a neurological disease, and this book will arm you with the most important weapon there is - correct information!
I discovered this Sacks book on migraines when I read his Hat book. Sacks helped me to understand my problem. Most impressed was I by artistic renderings of the aura, which is the most scary phenomenon, as long as you don't know a name for it.
Understanding the problem does not do away with it, but you develop a rational attitude. I know now that it comes when it comes, that no special drug helps against it, that strong painkillers reduce the problem. I had some accupuncture treatments and now it still comes, but the individual attacks are milder, I can usually function like nearly normal as soon as the aura is over, which lasts rarely longer than half an hour. Formerly I would sometimes be out of action for a whole day.
I still hate noise and light like hell for hours afterwards.
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Probably the most complete and insightful book on the subject - a classic for layman and physician alike.Published 9 days ago by Michael L White
Oliver Sacks was an amazing neurologist that studied at Oxford and suffered from many things he wrote about, especially migraines. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Morgan H.
Sacks presents migraine in all its fascinating and ugly manifestations. He describes categories of the disorder, symptoms, and triggers, Color illustrations of migraine... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill_IT
This book, though older with only a few recent updates, is a fairly extensive look at migraine. Oliver Sacks does a good job of including all of the different types of migraine... Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Pennington
Really difficult to read despite my high interest in the subject.Published 1 month ago by Potterpoet
Phenomenal book - though outdated in its discussion of treatment modalities (this in the era of barbiturates and ergotamine, and pre-triptan and topiramate, etc) the thorough and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by katarinaism
Deeply thoughtful. Though I do not suffer from migraines, this book really delved into Sack's study of migraines from both a medical and observational perspective. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mom of Two