Migraine

Migraine

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by Oliver Sacks, Oliver Sacks
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Balanced, authoritative . . . brilliant."
The London Times

"Written by one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century, Migraine . . . should be read as much for its brilliant insights into the nature of our mental functioning as for its discussion of the migraine."
The New York Times Book Review

"I am sure . . . that any layman who is interested in the relation between the body and mind . . . will find the book as fascinating as I have."
—W. H. Auden, The New York Review of Books

“Oliver Sacks’s commentary is so erudite, so gracefully written, that even those people fortunate enough never to have had a migraine in their lives should find it equally compelling.”
The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375704062
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Edition description:
Revised and Expanded
Pages:
338
Sales rank:
127,856
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Oliver Sacks was a neurologist, writer, and professor of medicine. 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 thirteen 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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
1933
Place of Birth:
London, England
Education:
B.M., B.Ch., Queen's College, Oxford, 1958

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Migraine 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic - very helpful to read about all the varied symptoms and manifestations in all kinds of migraines - not all of which involve a headache! Yes, I learned that in here, too. It's a great combination of medical explanation and layman's talk that most readers will understand. Keep it for a medical reference book.
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