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By Oliver Sacks

ISBN-10: 0330331868

ISBN-13: 9780330331869

Lately the bestselling Awakenings and the fellow Who Mistook His spouse for a Hat have got nice severe acclaim, yet Oliver Sacks's readers may perhaps keep in mind that he started his scientific occupation operating with migraine sufferers. during this, the most recent version of "Migraine," he returns to his first booklet and enriches it with extra case histories, new findings, and functional details on treatment.
To outline "migraine, " indicates Oliver Sacks, one needs to include the dizzying number of reviews of its victims. For a few, the disorder gains of a headache of huge proportions. For others, there's no soreness in any respect. a few assaults are brought on through climate, a few extreme mild. nonetheless others encompass excessive gentle -- hallucinatory monitors of magnificent loops, stars, and geometrics.
"Migraine" is Sacks's superb exam of a debilitating disease and the profound implications of neurological affliction. Synthesizing his patients' case histories with 2,000 years of human learn into the matter, he casts the migraine as exemplar of our mental transparency, a posh organic reaction to exterior elements. here's a vintage meditation at the nature of overall healthiness and illness, at the harmony of brain and physique. the following, too, is Sacks's discovery of ways the migraine indicates us, via hallucinatory screens, the basic job of the cerebral cortex -- and probably, the self-organizing styles of Nature itself. tremendously compelling, compassionate, and profound, Migraine deals convenience for victims -- and perception to all.

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Very different is the picture presented in the fully-established or pro­ tracted attack. Here the physical and emotional posture is characterised by accepted suffering, dejection an d passivity. Such patients, unless com­ pelled to act otherwise by internal or external factors, withdraw or re= gress into illness, solitude and seclusion. The emotional depression at such times is very real, often serious, and occasionally suicidal. The fol­ lowing account is taken from an eighteenth-century description: From the first perception of uneasiness in the stomach the spirits begin to flag.

The hateful mood of a migraine-depressed and withdrawn, or furious and irascible-tends to melt away in the stage of lysis, to melt away with the physiological secretion. "Resolution by secretion" thus resembles a catharsis on both physiological and psychological levels·, like weeping for grief. The following case-history illustrates a number of these points. Case 68 This 3 2-year-old man was an ambitious and creative mathematician whose life was geared to a weekly psychophysiological cycle. Towards the end of the working week, he would become fretful, irritable and distractable, "useless" at anything save the simplest routine tasks.

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