The seven cases in this volume include a colour-blind painter, prodigious feats of calculation and draughtsmanship by savants, and an autistic professor of animal science.
Now a medical classic and also the subject of a major film, this book describes the awakening of 20 victims of a sleeping-sickness epidemic that had rendered them catatonic some 40 years earlier.
In this book, Sacks draws on the stories of his patients and his own experiences with hallucinogenics to show how hallucinations have influenced every culture's folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is in all of us and not confined to the mentally ill.
In Seeing Voices, a journey into the world of the profoundly deaf, Sacks examines the consequences of living in silence, including the different ways in which the deaf and the hearing learn to categorize and convey the experience of their respective worlds.
Exploring the powers of music to torment, calm and heal, in Musicophilia Sacks analyses case studies involving musical hallucinations, amnesia, synaesthesia and even seizures caused by romantic music.