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Sacks, Oliver 1933-2015

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The man who mistook his wife for a hat and other clinical tales by Oliver Sacks( Book )
205 editions published between 1970 and 2015 in 11 languages and held by 6,016 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 Sacks( Book )
61 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 4,031 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 Sacks( Book )
100 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 3,593 libraries worldwide
This collection of essays are mainly casebook studies. Neurological patients, Oliver Sacks once wrote, are travellers to unimaginable lands. This book offers portraits of seven such travellers, including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette's syndrome unless he is operating
Awakenings by Oliver Sacks( Book )
132 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 3,144 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
Seeing voices : a journey into the world of the deaf by Oliver Sacks( Book )
68 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and French and held by 2,974 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
Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks( Book )
31 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 2,860 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."--Jacket
The mind's eye by Oliver Sacks( Book )
30 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,659 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
Migraine : understanding a common disorder by Oliver Sacks( Book )
83 editions published between 1970 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 2,502 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. 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
The island of the colorblind ; and, Cycad island by Oliver Sacks( Book )
39 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,954 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 colorblind, 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
Asylum : inside the closed world of state mental hospitals by Christopher Payne( Book )
14 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 712 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
Alive inside ( visu )
6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 648 libraries worldwide
A joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music
Musicophilia [tales of music and the brain] by Oliver Sacks( Sound Recording )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and French and held by 633 libraries worldwide
Drawing on the individual experiences of patients, musicians, composers, and ordinary people, the author explores the complex human response to music, and how music can affect those suffering from a variety of ailments
Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks( Sound Recording )
8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 586 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 Sacks( Sound Recording )
9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 517 libraries worldwide
Includes stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and faculties: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, and the sense of sight. 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 perceive through another person's eyes, or another person's mind
Musical minds ( visu )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 373 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
The best American science writing 2003 ( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 327 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."--Jacket
The best American science and nature writing 2013 ( Book )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 323 libraries worldwide
Presents fictional and non-fictional stories written by American authors that discuss topics in science and nature
A glorious accident : understanding our place in the cosmic puzzle by Wim Kayzer( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 319 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?
A leg to stand on by Oliver Sacks( Book )
36 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 316 libraries worldwide
Sacks examines the specific neuropsychological and existential phenomena associated with peripheral nerve injuries, based on his own experience when he sustained a severe leg injury in an accident
A man without words by Susan Schaller( Book )
6 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 201 libraries worldwide
A Man Without Words is a beautiful and meticulous study of this languageless man, Ildefonso, and of Schaller's patient, dedicated, and brilliantly conceived efforts to make contact with him and to introduce him to language
 
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Alternative Names
Oliver Sacks Amerikaans schrijver
Oliver Sacks Britse neuroloog en skrywer
Oliver Sacks neurologo e scrittore inglese
Oliver Sacks neurologue et écrivain britannique
Oliver Sacks US-amerikanischer Neurologe, Autor populärwissenschaftlicher Bücher
Oliver Wolf Sacks
Oliverius Sacks
Sachs, Oliver W.
Sacks , Oliver
Sacks, Oliver 1933-
Sacks, Oliver 1933-2015
Sacks, Oliver W.
Sacks, Oliver W 1933-
Sacks, Oliver W., 1933-2015
Sacks, Oliver W. (Oliver Wolf), 1933-
Sacks, Oliver W. (Oliver Wolf), 1933-2015
Sacks, Oliver Wolf
Sacks, Oliver Wolf 1933-
Sacks, Oliver Wolf 1933-2015
Sacks, Olivier.
Sāks, Uwlīfir 1933-
Sāks, Uwlīfir, 1933-2015
Sakss, Olivers 1933-
Оливер Сакс британски невролог и научен писател
Оливър Сакс
Олівер Сакс
Сакс, Оливер
אוליבר סאקס
סאקס, אוליבר 1933-
סאקס, אוליבר ו., 1933-2015
סקס, אוליבר 1933-
סקס, אוליבר, 1933-2015
סקס, אוליבר ו., 1933-2015
الیور ساکس نویسنده و شیمی‌دان آمریکایی
أوليفر ساكس
‏أوليفر ساكس، 1933-
অলিভার স্যাক্স
ஆலிவர் சாக்சு
ഒലിവർ സാക്സ്
삭스, 올리버 1933-
색스, 올리버 1933-
섹스, 올리버 1933-
올리버 색스
オリバー・サックス
サックス, オリヴァー
サックス, オリバー
奧利佛·薩克斯
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English (763)
Spanish (73)
German (72)
French (58)
Dutch (22)
Chinese (17)
Polish (11)
Japanese (10)
Portuguese (8)
Swedish (7)
Multiple languages (6)
Russian (4)
Turkish (3)
Basque (3)
Korean (3)
Hebrew (1)
Arabic (1)
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