Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

Format:  Paperback,

425 pages

Edition: Revised, Expand

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Sep 2008

ISBN-13: 9781400033539

ISBN-10: 1400033535

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Revised and Expanded With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In "Musicophilia," he shows us a variety of what he calls "musical misalignments." Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with "amusia," to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music. Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, "Musicophilia" is Oliver Sacks latest masterpiece.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Sep 2008
ISBN-13: 9781400033539
ISBN-10: 1400033535
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 425
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 7.75 x 1.25

About the author

Biography of Sacks, Oliver

Oliver Wolf Sacks is a neurologist and writer. He was born in London, England on July 9, 1933. Sacks earned his medical degree at Oxford University and performed his internship at Middlesex Hospital in London and Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. He completed his residency at UCLA. In 1965, Sacks became a clinical neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor and Beth Abraham Hospital. He also worked with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Sacks' work in a Bronx charity hospital led him to write the book Awakenings in 1973. The book inspired a play by Harold Pinter and became a film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. Sacks was also elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He also wrote Mind's Eye which made The New York Times Bestseller list for 2010.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2007-09-15)

Neurologist Sacks (The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) plays piano-e. g., Chopin mazurkas-and has treated musicians with brain and peripheral nerve problems. As always, he writes impeccably here but takes on such unusual, highly technical problems of music and medicine-e. g., musical hallucinations, cochlear amusia, Tourette's syndrome-that readers who don't know a lobe from a sulcus will be challenged. Writing about himself, however, Sacks is wonderful, as in "Lamentations: Music and Depression", wherein he talks about how music may lose its power to engage people who are suffering depression after loss; then, suddenly and unexpectedly, music makes contact, releases stifled grief, and restores enthusiasm for life.

Better for a general audience are Daniel J. Levitin's This Is Your Brain on Music and Anthony Storr's Music and the Mind, both of which are highly regarded by Sacks. This book is best suited to large general collections and those focused on music and ne uro science.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/07.] - E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Revised and Expanded

With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls “musical misalignments.” Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music. Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, Musicophilia is Oliver Sacks' latest masterpiece.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5★ by 2reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by I bought this after watching an episode of NOVA on PBS. My sweetheart is a musician and avid reader. I thought he'd love it for Father's Day. He did. :) 07/28/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by a fascinating look at how music affects us all This book offers an in-depth look at how music shapes our brains (and our lives) as well as how it can be used to treat some seemingly untreatable disorders. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in music, neurology, or any of Dr. Sacks' other books. 08/25/2012
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