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Oliver Sacks' New Book "Hallucinations"

I am always fascinated by neurologist Oliver Sacks’ observations on the complexities of the brain. His new book, coming out November 6, 2012, promises to give us yet further insight into “oddities” which help us understand “normalities.”
As usual, my faith in understanding mental illness often rests in the study of neurology. I believe that psychiatry will one day be subsumed under neurology.
This does not mean that therapy of all kinds from talk therapy to CBT and more will be any less critical. Mental illness requires a holistic approach as does any medical disorder.

Seeing Things? Hearing Things? Many of Us Do
By OLIVER SACKS
Published: November 3, 2012
The New York Times

A small sample:
“WHILE many people with schizophrenia do hear voices at certain times in their lives, the inverse is not true: most people who hear voices (as much as 10 percent of the population) are not mentally ill. For them, hearing voices is a normal mode of experience.
My patients tell me about their hallucinations because I am open to hearing about them, because they know me and trust that I can usually run down the cause of their hallucinations. For the most part, these experiences are unthreatening and, once accommodated, even mildly diverting.”

Read more at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/opinion/sunday/seeing-things-hearing-things-many-of-us-do.html?_r=0