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Oliver Sacks and Hallucinations


In 2012, Doug was joined by one of the most interesting people on the planet. Oliver Sacks was a neuroscientist who specialized in brain disorder, and in a very full career had dozens of fascinating encounters with patients. Dr. Sacks died on Sunday, so we’re rebroadcasting our conversation with him. We talked about hallucinations – people with migraines seeing shimmering arcs of light or having phantom limbs. Really, it was about the way we perceive things that aren’t there. (Rebroadcast)

Dr. Oliver Sacks was an author and neurologist. He was the author of many highly acclaimed books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat [Indiebound|Amazon], Musicophilia​ [Indiebound|Amazon], and the subject of this conversation Hallucinations [Indiebound|Amazon]. Earlier this year, he published his autobiography On the Move: A Life [Indiebound|Amazon]

Read Oliver Sacks' New York Times obituary.