SACKS, Oliver. Migraine. Lopdon: Faber and Faber, 1970.
8vo. Publisher's blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt; in the original dust wrapper (clipped, but retaining original price); pp. [viii], 9-298; author's inscription in ink to front fly-leaf; with loosely inserted newspaper clippings; light rubbing to extremities of boards; slight marks to boards of wrapper; a small stain to lower portion of outer edge; else very good.
First edition, inscribed: 'To David and Lili, with love - Oliver - Jan 1971.' Also included are newspaper clippings about the book, one annotated by Lili, Sacks' sister-in-law.
Sacks wrote of Migraine: “My firstborn, written in a burst (nine days!) in 1967, stimulated in part by working in a migraine clinic and in part by a wonderful book (Liveing’s On Megrim) written a century earlier.” The study he undertakes investigates multiple forms of migraine and the many triggers which may set them off. The book is divided into four sections: The Experience of Migraine; The Occurrence of Migraine; The Basis of Migraine; and Therapeutic Approaches to Migraine. Sacks later revealed that in 1967 he had a revelation when he was under the influence of an undisclosed psychoactive substance while reading Edward Liveing's 19th century book on headaches. As he was reading the book he had an epiphany and thought to himself, "Who shall be the Edward Liveing of our time? And there was a very disingenuous clamor of names that came to me, followed by a very loud inner voice which said, 'You Silly Bugger! You're the man!'"