musicophilia

There is no doubt that this is a compelling subject that deserves further investigation, and author/physician Oliver Sacks includes some fascinating material in his study Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. As a musician myself I was most interested in the chapters about music therapy on depression, Parkinson’s, etc. I was less interested in Sacks himself and his personal anecdotes, and I was disappointed in the lack of overall follow-up with many of these cases. A case was presented somewhat briefly and Sacks explained the brain physiology behind that affliction and mentioned its medication, and that was it. Over and over again, with the exception of a few meatier chapters, such as the lightning strike victim and the devastating memory loss patient. I am not a person with much medical interest, so I found myself skimming the more technical “textbook” medical information.