Product Description Review “Dr. Sacks writes not just as a doctor and a scientist but also as a humanist with a philosophical and literary bent. . . [his] book not only contributes to our understanding of the elusive magic of music but also illuminates the strange workings and misfirings of the human mind.” –Michiko Kakutani The New York Times “Oliver Sacks turns his formidable attention to music and the brain . . . He doesn’t stint on the science . . . but the underlying authority of Musicophilia lies in the warmth and easy command of the author’s voice.” –Mark Coleman Los Angeles Times “His work is luminous original and indispensable . . . Musicophilia is a Chopin mazurka recital of a book fast inventive and weirdly beautiful . . . Yet what is most awe-inspiring is his observational empathy.” – American Scholar “Curious cultured caring in his person Sacks justifies the medical profession and one is tempted to say the human race . . . Sacks is in short the ideal exponent of the view that responsiveness to music is intrinsic to our makeup. He is also the ideal guide to the territory he covers. Musicophilia allows readers to join Sacks where he is most alive amid melodies and with his patients.” –Peter D. Kramer The Washington Post “Readers will be grateful that Sacks . . . is happy to revel in phenomena that he cannot yet explain.” – The New York Times Book Review “The persuasive essays about composers patients savants and ordinary people . . . offer captivating variations on the central premise that human beings are ‘exquisitely tuned’ to the illuminating yet ultimately mysterious powers of music.” – Elle “With the exception of Lewis Thomas no physician has ever written better about his trade.” – Salon “A gifted writer and a neurologist Sacks spins one fascinating tale after another to show what happens when music and the brain mix it up.” –Newsweek From the Hardcover edition. About the Author Oliver Sacks is a physician and the author of nine previous books including T he Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film). He lives in New York City where he is Professor of Clinical Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. Visit his website at www.oliversacks.com. See all Product Description
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