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Oliver Sacks makes discovery an intimate pursuit in 'Hallucinations'
Oliver Sacks makes discovery an intimate pursuit in 'Hallucinations'

NEW YORK — Oliver Sacks never meant to be part of the story. Indeed, much of his new book, "Hallucinations," (Alfred A. Knopf: 326 pp., $26.95), which mixes case studies, analysis and personal observation, had already been written when, in March 2011, the 79-year-old author and neurologist tripped over a box of books in his lower Manhattan apartment and broke his hip. While in the hospital, he was visited by a friend who got him talking about the 1960s — especially his experiences, as a UCLA graduate student, with drugs. "I started with cannabis," Sacks writes. "A friend in Topanga Canyon, where I lived at the time, offered me a joint; I took two...

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