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Sacks, Oliver W.

Works: 520 works in 1,747 publications in 9 languages and 47,700 library holdings
Genres: Anecdotes  History  Case studies  Popular works  Biography  Drama  Pictorial works  Film adaptations  Interviews  Miscellanea 
Roles: Performer, Speaker, Librettist, Author of introduction, Creator, Interviewee, Writer of accompanying material, Bibliographic antecedent, Commentator, Narrator, Editor, Producer, Other
Classifications: RC351, 781.11
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Most widely held works by Oliver W Sacks
The man who mistook his wife for a hat and other clinical tales by Oliver W Sacks ( Book )
81 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in English and Arabic and held by 5,346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores neurological disorders and their effects upon the minds and lives of those affected
Musicophilia : tales of music and the brain by Oliver W Sacks ( Book )
44 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 3,821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does--humans are a musical species. Oliver Sacks's compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. Here, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people. Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and Oliver Sacks tells us why.--From publisher description
An anthropologist on Mars : seven paradoxical tales by Oliver W Sacks ( Book )
53 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author profiles seven neurological patients, including a surgeon with Tourette's syndrome and an artist whose color sense is destroyed in an accident but finds new creative power in black and white
Awakenings by Oliver W Sacks ( Book )
77 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A series of case studies of some of the people who developed a sleeping-sickness after World War I and remained in a sleep state until given the drug L-Dopa. Also describes their lives, the transformation after awakening, and then describes parts of the film made from these case studies
Hallucinations by Oliver W Sacks ( Book )
21 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 2,908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Have you ever seen something that was not really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing? Hallucinations don't belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may see shimmering arcs of light or tiny, Lilliputian figures of animals and people. People with failing eyesight, paradoxically, may become immersed in a hallucinatory visual world. Hallucinations can be brought on by a simple fever or even the act of waking or falling asleep, when people have visions ranging from luminous blobs of color to beautifully detailed faces or terrifying ogres. Those who are bereaved may receive comforting "visits" from the departed. In some conditions, hallucinations can lead to religious epiphanies or even the feeling of leaving one's own body. Humans have always sought such life-changing visions, and for thousands of years have used hallucinogenic compounds to achieve them. As a young doctor in California in the 1960s, the author had both a personal and a professional interest in psychedelics. These, along with his early migraine experiences, launched a lifelong investigation into the varieties of hallucinatory experience. Here, he weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture's folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition."--Book jacket
Seeing voices : a journey into the world of the deaf by Oliver W Sacks ( Book )
53 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and held by 2,862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A neurologist investigates the world of the deaf, examining their past and present treatment at the hands of society, and assesses the value and significance of sign language
The mind's eye by Oliver W Sacks ( Book )
21 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 2,701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this work the author tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the sense of three dimensional space, the ability to read, the sense of sight. For all of these people, the challenge is to adapt to a radically new way of being in the world. There is Lilian, a concert pianist who becomes unable to read music and is eventually unable even to recognize everyday objects, and Sue, a neurobiologist who has never seen in three dimensions, until she suddenly acquires stereoscopic vision in her fifties. There is Pat, who reinvents herself as a loving grandmother and active member of her community, despite the fact that she has aphasia and cannot utter a sentence, and Howard, a prolific novelist who must find a way to continue his life as a writer even after a stroke destroys his ability to read. And there is the author himself, a doctor who tells the story of his own eye cancer and the bizarre and disconcerting effects of losing vision to one side. He explores some very strange paradoxes, people who can see perfectly well but cannot recognize their own children, and blind people who become hyper visual or who navigate by "tongue vision." He also considers more fundamental questions: How do we see? How do we think? How important is internal imagery, or vision, for that matter? Why is it that, although writing is only five thousand years old, humans have a universal, seemingly innate, potential for reading? This book is a testament to the complexity of vision and the brain and to the power of creativity and adaptation. And it provides a whole new perspective on the power of language and communication, as we try to imagine what it is to see with another person's eyes, or another person's mind
The island of the colorblind ; and, Cycad island by Oliver W Sacks ( Book )
12 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and Danish and held by 1,662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands--their remoteness, their mystery, above all the unique forms of life they harbor. For him, islands conjure up equally the romance of Melville and Stevenson, the adventure of Magellan and Cook, and the scientific wonder of Darwin and Wallace. Drawn to the tiny Pacific atoll of Pingelap by intriguing reports of an isolated community of islanders born totally color-blind, Sacks finds himself setting up a clinic in a one-room island dispensary, where he listens to these achromatopic islanders describe their colorless world in rich terms of pattern and tone, luminance and shadow. And on Guam, where he goes to investigate the puzzling neurodegenerative paralysis endemic there for a century, he becomes, for a brief time, an island neurologist, making house calls with his colleague John Steele, amid crowing cockerels, cycad jungles, and the remains of a colonial culture. The islands reawaken Sacks' lifelong passion for botany--in particular, for the primitive cycad trees, whose existence dates back to the Paleozoic--and the cycads are the starting point for an intensely personal reflection on the meaning of islands, the dissemination of species, the genesis of disease, and the nature of deep geologic time. Out of an unexpected journey, Sacks has woven an unforgettable narrative which immerses us in the romance of island life, and shares his own compelling vision of the complexities of being human
Migraine by Oliver W Sacks ( Book )
30 editions published between 1970 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The many manifestations of migraine can vary dramatically from one patient to another, even within the same patient at different times. Among the most compelling and perplexing of these symptoms are the strange visual hallucinations and distortions of space, time, and body image which migraineurs sometimes experience. Portrayals of these uncanny states have found their way into many works of art, from the heavenly visions of Hildegard von Bingen to Alice in Wonderland. Renowned neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks argues that migraine cannot be understood simply as an illness, but must be viewed as a complex condition with a unique role to play in each individual's life.--From publisher description
Asylum : inside the closed world of state mental hospitals by Christopher Payne ( Book )
13 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For more than half the nation's history, vast mental hospitals were a prominent feature of the American landscape. From the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth, over 250 institutions for the insane were built throughout the United States; by 1948, they housed more than a half million patients. The blueprint for these hospitals was set by Pennsylvania hospital superintendant Thomas Story Kirkbride: a central administration building flanked symmetrically by pavilions and surrounded by lavish grounds with pastoral vistas. Kirkbride and others believed that well-designed buildings and grounds, a peaceful environment, a regimen of fresh air, and places for work, exercise, and cultural activities would heal mental illness. But in the second half of the twentieth century, after the introduction of psychotropic drugs and policy shifts toward community-based care, patient populations declined dramatically, leaving many of these beautiful, massive buildings - and the patients who lived in them - neglected and abandoned. Architect and photographer Christopher Payne spent six years documenting the decay of state mental hospitals like these, visiting seventy institutions in thirty states. Through his lens we see splendid, palatial exteriors (some designed by such prominent architects as H.H. Richardson and Samuel Sloan) and crumbling interiors - chairs stacked against walls with peeling paint in a grand hallway; brightly colored toothbrushes still hanging on a rack; stacks of suitcases, never packed for the trip home. Accompanying Payne's striking and powerful photographs is an essay by Oliver Sacks (who described his own experience working at a state mental hospital in his book Awakenings). Sacks pays tribute to Payne's photographs and to the lives once lived in these places, "where one could be both mad and safe"--Jacket
Migraine : understanding a common disorder by Oliver W Sacks ( Book )
10 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and Dutch and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The music instinct science & song ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"[The film] provides a ground-breaking exploration into how and why the human organism is moved by the undeniable effect of music, and the deep connection between music and our bodies and brains. The program follows visionary researchers and accomplished musicians to the crossroads of science and culture in search of answers to music's deep mysteries"--Container
Hallucinations by Oliver W Sacks ( Recording )
6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With his usual elegance, curiosity, and compassion, Dr. Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture's folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition
The mind's eye by Oliver W Sacks ( Recording )
9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the author of the best-selling Musicophilia (hailed as "luminous, original, and indispensable" by The American Scholar), an exploration of vision through the case histories of six individuals--including a renowned pianist who continues to give concerts despite losing the ability to read the score, and a neurobiologist born with crossed eyes who, late in life, suddenly acquires binocular vision, and how her brain adapts to that new skill
Migraine: the evolution of a common disorder by Oliver W Sacks ( Book )
18 editions published between 1970 and 1990 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Musicophilia [and other tales of music and the brain] by Oliver W Sacks ( Recording )
6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The best American science writing 2003 ( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In his introduction to The Best American Science Writing 2003. Dr. Oliver Sacks, "the poet laureate of medicine" (New York Times) writes that "the best science writing ... cannot be completely 'objective' -- how can it be when science itself is so human an activity? -- but it is never self-indulgently subjective either. It is, at best, a wonderful fusion, as factual as a news report, as imaginative as a novel." Following this definition of "good" science writing, Dr. Sacks has selected the twenty-five extraordinary pieces in the latest installment of this acclaimed annual. This year, Peter Canby travels into the heart of remote Africa to track a remarkable population of elephants; with candor and tenderness, Floyd Skloot observes the toll Alzheimer's disease is taking on his ninety-one-year-old mother, and is fascinated by the memories she retains. Gunjan Sinha explores the mating behavior of the common prairie vole and what it reveals about the human pattern of monogamy. Michael Klesius attempts to solve what Darwin called "an abominable mystery": How did flowers originate? Lawrence Osborne tours a farm where a genetically modified goat produces the silk of spiders in its milk. Joseph D'Agnese visits a home for retired medical research chimps. And in the collection's final piece, Richard C. Lewontin and Richard Levins reflect on how the work of Stephen Jay Gould demonstrated the value of taking a radical approach to science. As Dr. Sacks writes of Stephen Jay Gould -- to whose memory this year's anthology is dedicated -- an article of his "was never predictable, never dry, could not be imitated or mistaken for anybody else's." The same can be said of all of the good writing contained in this diverse collection. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET
Musical minds ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Can the power of music make the brain come alive? Dr. Oliver Sacks, author of Musicophilia: tales of music and the brain, is involved with this study as Nova follows four individuals: Matt Giordano (United States), Derek Paravicini (England), Anne Barker (Ireland), and Tony Cicoria (United States) to investigate music's strange, surprising, and still unexplained power over the human mind. While these extraordinary stories offer examples of music's unquestionable power over the mind, scientists have yet to fully understand what happens in the brain as we experience music. In an effort to unravel the mystery, Nova puts Sacks himself into a functional MRI machine for two experiments
A glorious accident : understanding our place in the cosmic puzzle by Wim Kayzer ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Starting with a Shakespeare quote: "We are such stuff as dreams are made on and our little lives are rounded with a sleep," Kayzer contacted each of the participants, inviting them to discuss some of the following "unanswerable" questions: What is the nature of our consciousness? What concepts has our consciousness developed about our temporal existence? What will we derive most from our consciousness: knowledge or understanding? What were the questions that fascinated you when you were growing up? What questions keep you spellbound today?
The island of the colour-blind ; and, Cycad Island / c Oliver Sacks by Oliver W Sacks ( Book )
17 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Sachs, Oliver W.
Sacks, O. W.
Sacks, Oliver
Sacks, Oliver, 1933-
Sacks, Oliver W.
Sacks, Oliver W, 1933-
Sacks, Oliver W. (Oliver Wolf), 1933-
Sacks, Oliver Wolf.
Sacks, Oliver Wolf, 1933-
Sacks, Olivier.
Sāks, Uwlīfir, 1933-
סאקס, אוליבר, 1933-
‏أوليفر ساكس، 1933-
サックス, オリヴァー
サックス, オリバー
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