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 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780375704062
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Edition description: Revised and Expanded
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 121,877
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.76(d)

About 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.


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B.M., B.Ch., Queen's College, Oxford, 1958

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Migraine 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 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.
KinnicChick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book that defines migraine in an almost textbook like manner, citing case studies, historical data, and the like, this very comprehensive tome does that and more. This is an extremely thorough covering of migraine in all of its forms, severity and duration. Published in 1970 with revisions in 1985 and 1992, due to the updates in medications and other techniques in recent years (I'm thinking particularly of a heart surgery that has been utilized and also botox), it is definitely time for another update to be more complete. Despite this, I found it to be extremely helpful personally as someone who has suffered from migraines for over 25 years to see not only the type of migraines I was experiencing, but also why I had such difficulty pinpointing the cause.
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