Here’s a link to a great interview with the neurologist Oliver Sacks. He’s just written a new book about hallucinations that I haven’t read yet but is now on my list. For those not familiar with Sacks’other books, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, Awakenings, and Musicophilia, they are all well worth a read and extremely interesting (especially Musicophilia, which is a collection of stories about the brain and music).
Sacks’ previous books have all been fantastic reads. He is a talented story-teller, but if I had to be picky, I would say that the writings don’t often explain or speculate on possible mechanisms for why things might be happening. Scientists might be left feeling like they want more, but if you are just looking for beautiful stories about interesting patients, I can recommend all of Sacks’ books.
The interview can be found here. You need to register with NewScientist.com, but it’s free, and they don’t ask for too much information. It also means you can view a lot more interesting content on their site.