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Musicophilia

Tales of Music and the Brain

By Oliver W Sacks

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Format: Paperback, 425 pages, Revised, Expand Edition
Published In: United States, 01 September 2008
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With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls musical misalignments. Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with amusia, to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music. Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, Musicophilia is Oliver Sacks' latest masterpiece.

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About the Author

Oliver Sacks was a physician, writer, and professor of neurology. Born in London in 1933, he moved to New York City in 1965, where he launched his medical career and began writing case studies of his patients. Called the "poet laureate of medicine" by The New York Times, Sacks is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Awakenings, which inspired an Oscar-nominated film and a play by Harold Pinter. He was the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, and was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2008 for services to medicine. He died in 2015. www.oliversacks.com

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"Powerful and compassionate. . . . A book that not only contributes to our understanding of the elusive magic of music but also illuminates the strange workings, and misfirings, of the human mind." --The New York Times"Curious, cultured, caring. . . . Musicophilia allows readers to join Sacks where he is most alive, amid melodies and with his patients." --The Washington Post Book World"Sacks has an expert bedside manner: informed but humble, self-questioning, literary without being self-conscious."--Los Angeles Times"Sacks spins one fascinating tale after another to show what happens when music and the brain mix it up." --Newsweek"Sacks once again examines the many mysteries of a fascinating subject." --The Seattle Times Powerful and compassionate. . . . A book that not only contributes to our understanding of the elusive magic of music but also illuminates the strange workings, and misfirings, of the human mind. The New York Times Curious, cultured, caring. . . . Musicophilia allows readers to join Sacks where he is most alive, amid melodies and with his patients. The Washington Post Book World Sacks has an expert bedside manner: informed but humble, self-questioning, literary without being self-conscious. Los Angeles Times Sacks spins one fascinating tale after another to show what happens when music and the brain mix it up. Newsweek Sacks once again examines the many mysteries of a fascinating subject. The Seattle Times" "Dr. Sacks writes not just as a doctor and a scientist but also as a humanist with a philosophical and literary bent. . . [his] book not only contributes to our understanding of the elusive magic of music but also illuminates the strange workings, and misfirings, of the human mind."-Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times""Oliver Sacks turns his formidable attention to music and the brain . . . He doesn't stint on the science . . . but the underlying authority of "Musicophilia" lies in the warmth and easy command of the author's voice."-Mark Coleman, Los Angeles Times"His work is luminous, original, and indispensable . . . "Musicophilia" is a Chopin mazurka recital of a book, fast, inventive and weirdly beautiful . . . Yet what is most awe-inspiring is his observational empathy."-"American Scholar" "Curious, cultured, caring, in his person Sacks justifies the medical profession and, one is tempted to say, the human race . . . Sacks is, in short, the ideal exponent of the view that responsiveness to music is intrinsic to our makeup. He is also the ideal guide to the territory he covers. "Musicophilia" allows readers to join Sacks where he is most alive, amid melodies and with his patients."-Peter D. Kramer, "The Washington Post" "Readers will be grateful that Sacks . . . is happy to revel in phenomena that he cannot yet explain."-"The New York Times Book Review ""The persuasive essays about composers, patients, savants, and ordinary people . . . offer captivating variations on the central premise that human beings are 'exquisitely tuned' to the illuminating yet ultimately mysterious powers of music."-"Elle" "With the exception of LewisThomas, no physician has ever written better about his trade."-"Salon""A gifted writer and a neurologist, Sacks spins one fascinating tale after another to show what happens when music and the brain mix it up.""-Newsweek" "From the Hardcover edition."

EAN: 9781400033539
ISBN: 1400033535
Publisher: Waterbrook Press (A Division of Random House Inc)
Dimensions: 20.07 x 12.95 x 2.79 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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