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Diario de Oaxaca by Oliver Sacks

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Diario de Oaxaca Since childhood Oliver Sacks has been fascinated by ferns an ancient class of plants able to survive and adapt in many climates Combining Sacks enthusiasm for natural history and the richness of humanity with his sharp and observant eye for detail Oaxaca Journal is a rare treat

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Have you ever seen something that wasn t really there Heard someone call your name in an empty house Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing br br Hallucinations don t belong wholly to the insane Much more commonly they are linked to sensory deprivation intoxication illness or injury People with migraines may see shimmering arcs of light or tiny Lilliputian figures of animals and people People with failing eyesight paradoxically may become immersed in a hallucinatory visual world Hallucinations can be brought on by a simple fever or even the act of waking or falling asleep when people have visions ranging from luminous blobs of color to beautifully detailed faces or terrifying ogres Those who are bereaved may receive comforting visits from the departed In some conditions hallucinations can lead to religious epiphanies or even the feeling of leaving one s own body br br Humans have always sought such life changing visions and for thousands of years have used hallucinogenic compounds to achieve them As a young doctor in California in the s Oliver Sacks had both a personal and a professional interest in psychedelics These along with his early migraine experiences launched a lifelong investigation into the varieties of hallucinatory experience br br Here with his usual elegance curiosity and compassion Dr Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains how they have influenced every culture s folklore and art and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all a vital part of the human condition br, A deeply moving testimony and celebration of how to embrace life br br In January Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer and he shared this news in a i New York Times i essay that inspired readers all over the world I cannot pretend I am without fear But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude Above all I have been a sentient being a thinking animal on this beautiful planet and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure br i Gratitude i consists of four essays that originally appeared in i The New York Times i accompanied by a foreword that describes the occasion of each chapter The foreword is written by Billy Hayes Oliver Sacks s partner and Kate Edgar his long time collaborator, When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report Sacks will go far if he does not go too far It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed i On the Move i is infused with his restless energy As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early s first in California where he struggled with drug addiction and then in New York where he discovered a long forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital we see how his engagement with patients comes to define his life br br With unbridled honesty and humor Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions weight lifting and swimming also drives his cerebral passions He writes about his love affairs both romantic and intellectual his guilt over leaving his family to come to America his bond with his schizophrenic brother and the writers and scientists Thom Gunn A R Luria W H Auden Gerald M Edelman Francis Crick who influenced him br br i On the Move i is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer and of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human, Paradoxical portraits of seven neurological patients including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette s syndrome unless he is operating an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident but finds new creative power in black amp white amp others