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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain


An illuminating book about the power of music, from the bestselling author of "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat".Oliver Sacks has been hailed ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500

Beyond just music

by Racsauh on Jun 9, 2008

Oliver Sacks' musicophilia opens a new window into our misterious brains. Even a nonmusical person like me has music inside, perhaps in a inhibited fashion. Inhibitions set by other brain structures oppressing my musical side. Amazingly, nonmusical people may discover a dormant musicality when accident or disease take off the oppression exerted and music surfaces. In some cases this is the only hope left to reach a damaged mind and patients unresponsive to other treatments may improve their condition by awakening music from their neurones. Even patients recovering from orthopedic injuries are able to respond to music stimuli,as Doctor Sacks himself experienced after a fall when climbing a mountain broke his femur. Music have taught him how to walk again.

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