An Interactive Annotated World Bibliography of Printed and Digital Works in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences from Circa 2000 BCE to 2022 by Fielding H. Garrison (1870-1935), Leslie T. Morton (1907-2004), and Jeremy M. Norman (1945- ) Traditionally Known as “Garrison-Morton”

15961 entries, 13944 authors and 1935 subjects. Updated: March 22, 2024

SACKS, Oliver Wolf

6 entries
  • 9122

Migraine: Evolution of a common disorder.

London: Faber & Faber & Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1970.

Revised edition, 1990.

Subjects: NEUROLOGY › Chronic Pain › Headache › Migraine, PAIN / Pain Management
  • 9131


London: Duckworth, 1973.

Revised editions, 1976 and 1991. "It recounts the life histories of those who had been victims of the 1920s encephalitis lethargica epidemic.[2] Sacks chronicles his efforts in the late 1960s to help these patients at the Beth Abraham Hospital (now Beth Abraham Health Services) in the BronxNew York. The treatment used the then-new drug L-DOPA.

"In 1982, Dr. Sacks wrote:

"I have become much more optimistic than I was when I […] wrote Awakenings, for there has been a significant number of patients who, following the vicissitudes of their first years on L-DOPA, came to do – and still do – extremely well. Such patients have undergone an enduring awakening, and enjoy possibilities of life which had been impossible, unthinkable, before the coming of L-DOPA.[3]

"The book inspired the 1982 play A Kind of Alaska by Harold Pinter, performed as part of a trilogy of Pinter's plays titled Other Places, and a documentary television episode, the pilot of the British television programme Discovery. It was also made into a 1990 Oscar-nominated film, Awakenings starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams" (Wikipedia)

Subjects: EPIDEMIOLOGY › History of Epidemiology, EPIDEMIOLOGY › Pandemics › Encephalitis Lethargica 1915-1926, INFECTIOUS DISEASE › Neuroinfectious Diseases › Encephalitis, LITERATURE / Philosophy & Medicine & Biology, NEUROLOGY › Inflammatory Conditions
  • 9133

The man who mistook his wife of a hat and other clinical tales.

London: Gerald Duckworth, 1985.

Describes the case histories of some of Sacks's patients. The title comes from the case study of a man with visual agnosia.[1]  The book "became the basis of an opera of the same name by Michael Nyman, which premiered in 1986.

"The book comprises twenty-four essays split into four sections, each dealing with a particular aspect of brain function such as deficits and excesses in the first two sections (with particular emphasis on the right hemisphere of the brain) while the third and fourth describe phenomenological manifestations with reference to spontaneous reminiscences, altered perceptions, and extraordinary qualities of mind found in mentally handicapped people."[2]" (Wikipedia)


Subjects: LITERATURE / Philosophy & Medicine & Biology, NEUROLOGY
  • 9132

Musicophilia: Tales of music and the brain.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.

In a review for The Washington PostPeter D. Kramer wrote, "In Musicophilia, Sacks turns to the intersection of music and neurology -- music as affliction and music as treatment." Kramer wrote, "Lacking the dynamic that propels Sacks's other work, Musicophilia threatens to disintegrate into a catalogue of disparate phenomena." Kramer went on to say, "What makes Musicophilia cohere is Sacks himself. He is the book's moral argument. Curious, cultured, caring, in his person Sacks justifies the medical profession and, one is tempted to say, the human race." Kramer concluded his review by writing, "Sacks is, in short, the ideal exponent of the view that responsiveness to music is intrinsic to our makeup. He is also the ideal guide to the territory he covers. Musicophilia allows readers to join Sacks where he is most alive, amid melodies and with his patients."[1]

Subjects: LITERATURE / Philosophy & Medicine & Biology, Music and Medicine, NEUROLOGY
  • 9120

Asylum: Inside the closed world of state mental hospitals. Photographs by Christopher Payne. With an essay by Oliver Sacks.

Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.

Subjects: ART & Medicine & Biology, HOSPITALS › History of Hospitals, PSYCHIATRY › History of Psychiatry
  • 12684

On the move: A life.

New York: Random House, 2015.

Subjects: BIOGRAPHY (Reference Works) › Autobiography, NEUROLOGY › History of Neurology