In the book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, neurologist Oliver Sacks explores the relationship between music and the mind.
Through a series of case studies ranging from songs stuck in one's mind to a newfound passion for concert piano after being struck by lightning, the professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the NYU School of Medicine examines the complexity of human beings and the role music plays in our lives.
Fresh Air went national in 1987, and we're celebrating that 20th anniversary by revisiting some classic interviews. In this segment: Neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks.
Sacks is probably best known for The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, a case-history collection in which he describes patients struggling to live with a startling array of conditions: Tourette's syndrome, autism, Parkinsonism, musical hallucinations, phantom-limb syndrome, schizophrenia, retardation and Alzheimer's disease.