Sunday, July 19, 2009
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
Another book by Oliver Sacks featuring neurological case studies, this time about connections between music and neurology. Several different types of abnormalities and other aspects are covered in detail. For main part very interesting book, the least interesting part was the beginning; where a lot of space and several separate case studies were spend on musical hallucinations. The case studies seemed to repeat themselves, and that kind of hallucinations aren't even so rare - I have encountered them a few times in my own work. Also, how many times he mentions his severe foot injury? Twenty? If there were a drinking game about this book that would be in it :-).
For most part very interesting and fine book, a slight condensing might have made even better.