Author: Oliver Sacks
In Hallucinations, Sacks explores the experience of hallucinations in psychologically healthy people and the different conditions that can cause them. Vision loss, intoxication, sensory deprivations and even grief can cause the sanest among us to hallucinate. Sacks himself is a neurologist, although he doesn’t stick strictly to science when exploring his topics. He relays many anecdotal experiences from various patients, often quoting their exact descriptions of their illusions. There are many quotes and footnotes in this book that make it a busy read, but I enjoyed the anecdotes and I liked that Sacks included peoples’ emotional responses to their hallucinations. Some people find meaning in their illusions, and Sacks allows this to stand as part of the experience rather than directing the reader back to neurology at every corner.
Amelia’s Rating: 3 out of 5.
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