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Music's Healing Notes

Tales of music and the brain

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— Tim Platt/Getty Images

The ability of neurologist Oliver Sacks to tell fascinating stories about his patients is a gift that has earned him the informal title “poet laureate of medicine.”

In his latest book, "Musicophilia," he explores the mystery of the human mind as seen through the brain's interactions with music. Dr. Sacks believes that music may even have the ability to heal some patients with Tourette syndrome or Parkinson’s disease.

The book has just been released in an updated and expanded paperback edition. To learn more, click the arrow above on the media player.

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