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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New ed of 3 Revised ed edition (27 Jan 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330331868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330331869
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 568,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oliver Sacks was born in London and educated in London, Oxford, California and New York. He now lives in America and practices neurology in New York, where he is also a professor of clinical neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is the author of ten books, including the bestselling The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings. His most recent book, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain was an international bestseller. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Hawthornden Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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"Balanced, authoritative . . . brilliant." --"The London Times""Written by one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century, Migraine . . . should be read as much for its brilliant insights into the nature of our mental functioning as for its discussion of the migraine." --"The New York Times Book Review""I am sure . . . that any layman who is interested in the relation between the body and mind . . . will find the book as fascinating as I have." --W. H. Auden, "The New York Review of Books""Oliver Sacks's commentary is so erudite, so gracefully written, that even those people fortunate enough never to have had a migraine in their lives should find it equally compelling." -- "The New York Times" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Oliver Sacks was born in London in 1933, into a family of physicians and scientists. He received his medical education at Oxford and trained at Mt Zion Hospital in San Francisco and at UCLA. Since 1965, he has lived in New York City, where he is a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine and consultant neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor. Dr Sacks is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the New Yorker, as well as various medical journals. He is the author of eleven books, including Musicophilia, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film). For more information on Dr. Sacks’s work, please visit www.oliversacks.com.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rosey Lea TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 July 2011
Format: Paperback
My partner suffers weekly from migraine headaches. I experience regular migraine auras without the ensuing headache. Sick of being a migraine victim I wanted to understand what was actually happening to both of. Why did it happen? Why was he so ill every weekend? Why could I see these bright, shining, metallic objects for 20 minutes at a time? This book was recommended and it didn't disappoint.

The book is an exploration of everything 'migraine'. It starts right from 'what is a migraine?' (first time anyone had explained that a migraine is not a headache, a headache is part of a migraine) right through to detailed brain biology of how an aura might be formed. Last updated in 1992, the book hasn't suffered for being nearly 20 years old and isn't afraid to say certain things just aren't known.

It's remarkably reassuring, but never patronising. The case studies are fascinating and free from judgement over the choices patients have made. The book is a little technical in places, but I didn't find that alienating. In fact I feel it's helped give me the proper vocabulary to use when trying to discuss our migraine experiences.

Thanks to this book I'm now a participant in my migraines, not a victim of them.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 2000
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I have migraines, and I think this book is terrific. It does tend to be too technical, but has a Glossary that includes most unfamiliar terms. The artwork is great, and his whole treatment of the disorder is fascinating. I recommend it highly for all who experience migraines and for their families, although with the caveat that getting through it probably does require some combination of advanced education, patience with flipping to the glossary, keen interest, and openness to learning quite a lot.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Butterfly on 13 Mar 2010
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This is an in depth book about migraine that I have found extremely helpful and reassuring. It is good to know that one's symptoms are "normal" and suffered by many other people. Just a shame it isn't completely up to date on the drug information as written a while ago.Some parts need reading more than once becasue it is written in unfamiliar language - a dictionary nearby is helpful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juddz444 on 28 Dec 2013
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Bit outdated now as a migraine book but i'm sure many migraine specialists have built upon the foundations of this book. Does address many issues surrounding migraine and is an interesting read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 17 Jun 2013
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I would recommend this book to everyone, who suffers from Migraine. It explains a lot, helps you deal with the headaches and understand them. Good language helps in easy, fast reading.
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By Dr Sherin Jackson on 11 July 2014
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Interesting but turgid.
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By Babs on 10 May 2014
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It's okay, sometimes a little heavy going but provides some interesting insights into the background of migraine. If you're looking to relieve headaches, this isn't the book for you - try The Miracle Cure.
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By Davesks on 20 Sep 2013
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This man knows what he is talking about. Well researched and with references it goes into depth about the condition(s) and the myriad of possible causes. Discussion of therapies is balanced and informed and treats the lay reader with some degree of respect.
Tip: the print is very small, and the quality is not the best with (I think) a poor font choice.
Ironic that it will be read by migraine sufferers - kindle might be better
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