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07 August 2008

Musicophilia

Sacks, a physician, explores the power of music through individual experiences of patients, musicians and everyday people.

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Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks

Music occupies more areas of the brain than language does. But things can go wrong. Sacks, a physician, explores the power of music through individual experiences of patients, musicians and everyday people. A surgeon who was struck by lightning suddenly becomes obsessed with music. A woman develops a phobia of music.

Then there are brain worms, sticky music and musical hallucinations. Sacks has published nine books, including Awakening and The man who mistook his wife for a hat. He has the rare ability to discuss very complex neurological topics in a reader-friendly and entertaining manner. Definitely a fascinating read.

(Review by Ilse Pauw)

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