Hallucinations are not reserved for just the insane; these perceptual aberrations have been experienced by a large number of the population for may hundreds of years. In the middle ages, religious people with particularly strong vision were regarded as holier than the average person. In the present day, people with migraines frequently experience hallucinations and even children suddenly waking from intense dreams see monsters in the corner of the room.
In his latest book Hallucinations, author and neurology professor Dr. Oliver Sacks describes the history, causes, and changing attitude towards hallucinations, plus recounts some of his own personal experience with the phenomena. The very readable style and anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book make this read as far from a clinical description as one can get - so even if the reader has only a passing interest in the subject this will be an engaging read. And if you like Dr. Oliver Sack's style, the library has a few other medical and health condition related books by him as well.
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Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
352 pages, Adult Non-Fiction