Review of 'Hallucinations' by Oliver Sacks
Oliver Sacks’ newest book, Hallucinations, examines the historical and cultural role of the hallucination in a very approachable, yet thoroughly scientific manner. Instead of hallucinations belonging only in the sphere of the insane, Dr. Sacks examines how many people experience visual hallucinations, auditory hallucinations and even hallucinatory smells in their daily life and often fear the stigma associated with such behavior.
If you have ever read any of Oliver Sacks other books (The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, An Anthropologist on Mars, Awakenings, Musicophilia), you will be pleasantly surprised that there is a whole chapter dedicated to Sacks’ own experience with hallucinations. In most of his other books, each chapter will deal with a case study of one particular person. In this book, each chapter deals with a particular type of hallucination that is then illustrated by his patient’s personal accounts. It is a very informative and entertaining read.
Hoover Public Library offers this title in both book and eBook formats.
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