SACKS, Oliver. Migraine [Personal Copy, Annotated].

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SACKS, Oliver. Migraine [Personal Copy, Annotated]. London: Picador, 1992.

8vo. Publisher's white boards, spine lettered in black; in the original pictorial dust-wrapper (not price-clipped); pp. xxiii, 338; author's ownership inscription in ink to front fly-leaf; with ink annotations throughout; very light sunning to spine; a few light marks to wrapper; else a near-fine example of the author's own copy.
First printing of the revised edition, 1992. Oliver's personal copy, inscribed 'Oliver Sacks, Personal copy. Marked up for readings. 10/10/93.' Markings in green and red ink, with annotations and cuts in the text to p. 1, 6-8, 74-75, 77-78, 96, 102, 227, 267-269, and 301. Further annotations in red and green inside the back cover.
This, the revised edition of Sacks's first work, describes the hallucinatory constants of migraine and what they reveal about the workings of the brain, drawing on recent advances in chaos theory and neural simulation. Migraine, he writes, can give us a most direct and privileged view not only of the secrets of neuronal organisation, but also of the self-organising systems of nature–recently described by chaos theorists–which often remain hidden in our daily lives.
The notes to the rear endpapers give further insight into the mind of this famed neurologist. The scrawled notes are perhaps only best understood by the writer himself, but include a numbered list of examples, including notes regarding 'Sunday cases', 'Discussion', 'Aura' and 'déjà vu'.

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