Author(s): Oliver Sacks

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Tales of Music and the Brain


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'A humane discourse on the fragility of our minds, of the bodies that give rise to them, and of the world they create for us. This book is filled with wonders' Daily Telegraph Oliver Sacks' compassionate tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own minds. In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians and everyday people - those struck by affliction, unusual talent and even, in one case, by lightning - to show not only that music occupies more areas of our brain than language does, but also that it can torment, calm, organize and heal. Always wise and compellingly readable, these stories alter our conception of who we are and how we function, and show us an essential part of what it is to be human.

'Music is part of being human and there is no human culture in which it is not highly developed and esteemed.' Sacks offers a fascinating insight into the effects of music on the unexplored territories of the brain, analysing personal anecdotes through a clinical lens. - Emma, The Book Grocer

General Fields

  • : 9781447222705
  • : May 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Oliver Sacks
  • : Paperback
  • : 425