Friday, August 16, 2013

Hallucinations - Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks is one of my favorite non-fiction authors.  He is a neurologist who writes about our brains and the strange and wonderful things it does.  In this story, he explores the causes and experience of hallucinations.  He differentiates them from dreams as hallucinations occur when we are conscious and we are rarely integrated in them, as we usually are in dreams.

The chapters cover Charles Bonnet Syndrome, sensory deprivation, smell, sight and hearing hallucinations, parkinsonism, migraines, epilepsy, delirium, narcolepsy and a few other experiences of hallucinations.

I was surprised at the number of conditions that include hallucinating and fascinated by the personal accounts of the experience.  I thought it was an engaging and worthwhile read.

Published:  2012  Read: August 2013  Genre:  Non-fiction, medical

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