Hallucinations
  • Author : Oliver Sacks
  • Release Date : 08 November 2012
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Genre : Literary Collections
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 13 : 9781447237228
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Download or read book entitled Hallucinations written by Oliver Sacks and published by Pan Macmillan online. This book was released on 08 November 2012 with total pages 336. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Have you ever seen something that wasn't 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. 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. In Hallucinations, with his usual elegance, curiosity, and compassion, Dr Oliver 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.

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