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SACKS, Oliver. Migraine.

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SACKS, Oliver. Migraine. Berkeley, Los Angeles, Oxford: University of California Press, 1992.

8vo. Original printed card wrappers; pp. [vi], vii-xxiii, [i], 338, [vi]: with numerous illustrations in the text; author's gift inscription in purple felt pen to half-title; very light rubbing to extremities, with one small horizontal crease to spine; else a near-fine copy.
First paperback edition thus, inscribed: 'For David & Lili, With loving best wishes for the New Year - New Years Day 1993. Oliver.' This copy with a lovely family association, the recipients being his brother and sister-in-law.
Sacks himself suffered from migraines - informally describing himself to family as a "migraineur" - and he therefore wrote feelingly on this, the book that launched him to fame. Oliver read extracts of the book to Elizabeth and the rest of his family at his parents home, and she fondly remembers the book in the process of its early manuscript stages. As a youngster, Oliver enjoyed a close and loving relationship with his brother David, who himself grew to become a noted well-loved London GP. Oliver elsewhere recounts their teenage adventures in the lab at their parents home. This closeness persisted for the entirety of their adult life, and he loved David’s wife Lili as a sister.
An exploration into the biology of the migraine. Sacks unknits the common connotations associated with migraines, which cause widespread suffering, and not only analyses the biological basis behind them, but also details some therapeutic approaches to dealing with them. There are a number of line drawings by Mrs Audrey Besterman throughout.

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