Enxaqueca

Editora Companhia das Letras
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Para a maioria de nós, a enxaqueca é apenas uma forte dor de cabeça que acomete periodicamente certas pessoas. Para Oliver Sacks, ela é muito mais do que isso. É, antes de tudo, um conjunto extremamente complexo e diversificado de síndromes entre as quais a dor de cabeça nem sempre está presente. Além disso, a enxaqueca pode nos fornecer pistas sobre algumas das questões mais fundamentais do ser humano.As diversas teorias sobre a origem e a natureza da enxaqueca são expostas no livro com clareza e profundidade. Para Sacks, os sintomas e as circunstâncias da enxaqueca devem ser não apenas minuciosamente descritos como também interrogados: o fundamental é o tipo de pergunta que um médico faz aos fenômenos que tem diante de si. Segundo Sacks, a pergunta crucial não diz respeito à doença que tal pessoa tem, mas à pessoa que tem tal doença.Primeiro livro de Sacks, Enxaqueca já contém todos os elementos que fizeram o sucesso de suas obras posteriores: conhecimento científico posto a serviço de um estilo único de narração capaz de transformar relatos clínicos em episódios de uma maravilhosa narrativa de suspense.
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About the author

Nasceu em Londres, em 1933. Formou-se em medicina e em 1960 emigrou para os Estados Unidos. Com Enxaqueca iniciou sua carreira de escritor. Seu livro Tempo de despertar inspirou o filme homônimo com Robert De Niro e Robin Williams. Morreu em 2015 aos 82 anos.
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Publisher
Editora Companhia das Letras
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Published on
Jan 14, 2015
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Pages
472
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ISBN
9788543802466
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Language
Portuguese (Portugal)
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Genres
Medical / Neurology
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Oliver Sacks
Have you ever seen something that wasn’t really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing?

Hallucinations don’t belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may see shimmering arcs of light or tiny, Lilliputian figures of animals and people. People with failing eyesight, paradoxically, may become immersed in a hallucinatory visual world. Hallucinations can be brought on by a simple fever or even the act of waking or falling asleep, when people have visions ranging from luminous blobs of color to beautifully detailed faces or terrifying ogres. Those who are bereaved may receive comforting “visits” from the departed. In some conditions, hallucinations can lead to religious epiphanies or even the feeling of leaving one’s own body.

Humans have always sought such life-changing visions, and for thousands of years have used hallucinogenic compounds to achieve them. As a young doctor in California in the 1960s, Oliver Sacks had both a personal and a professional interest in psychedelics. These, along with his early migraine experiences, launched a lifelong investigation into the varieties of hallucinatory experience.

Here, with his usual elegance, curiosity, and compassion, Dr. Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition. 
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