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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Expanded Edition Paperback – September 23, 2008
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Though many great doctors are also great writers, few can compare with Oliver Sacks for expressing the relation of medicine to the human spirit. Visit Amazon's Oliver Sacks Page.
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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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I believe this book is a must for musicians, who will probably acquire new understandings regarding the dimensions of their music in relation to their own brains.
As for the perceived redundancy, I kept waiting for the conclusion or wrap-up that would provide the overarching theme to all the seemingly disconnected patient stories, but to no avail. It almost felt as if the stories were starting to repeat themselves but with different patient names. The length too felt far too long, almost as if everything presented in the first half were just recycled for the second. Additionally, the writing style is very informal and easy to digest, which is not necessarily a positive. The book begins to feel as if the author were afraid to intelligently, academically, and thoroughly dissect the subject matter for fear of alienating too many readers. The result is a glossy feeling, like you're reading the U.S.A. Today version of something that could have really offered some insightful perspectives.
Promising topic, but presented without much organization, background information, or conclusion. I'm surprised that an editor would allow such breadth to be published without any true depth.
Sacks writes in a clear and straightforward manner. It is wonderful to find medical writing that is so accessible. There is some material here from his prior books, but it does not detract from this work. This is a highly engaging and informative book. I took great pleasure in reading it. If you are interested in music or science, you will enjoy this new offering from Oliver Sacks.
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As someone who has always believed that great music is a close to my soul as anything on earth, I loved it!Published 7 days ago by Robert C. Kenagy
The master does it again. I am a musician and also studied music therapy. He was a genius.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love the therapy effect of music -- what a marvelous thing for the patients. It's what I will want and need if I end up having the similar disease situation (in my request).Published 17 days ago by Wen Nomura
Another Gift that was well received and the gift is enjoying reading.Published 21 days ago by Monica Russell
And not enough basic neuroanatomy to give context for the explanations. The arc of his story was not clear to me.Published 2 months ago by gary shumway