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Oliver Sacks, Music and Amnesia

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Oliver Sacks, the famous neurologist who authored Awakenings, about a group of patients he treated in the late 60′s, has continued to produce some of the most fascinating and intelligible books on the mysteries of the human mind. His most recent book is Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain.

Sacks previews his work in The New Yorker, The Abyss: Music and amnesia, chronicling the chilling tale of Clive Wearing, a prominent musician reduced by encephalitis to a terrifying state of amnesia that has robbed him even of short term memory.

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