A Book Worth Reading — Oliver Sacks’ Hallucinations


From SiriI Hustvedt’s review in the New York Times…

Since his first extraordinary work, “Migraine,” was published in 1970, the neurologist Oliver Sacks has been writing a particular kind of medical literature. His detailed explications of a single patient’s symptoms, his emphasis on the subjective experience of illness, his willingness to share stories from his own life and his references to medical texts from earlier centuries are not only atypical of how most neurologists work today, they defy the status quo. And yet, Sacks’ work is part of a long tradition of descriptive, narrative, case-oriented medical writing he has himself called “romantic.”