Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Rethinking the History, Science, and Meaning of Auditory Hallucination, by Daniel B. Smith

This book is about the phenomenon of “hearing voices”, and I really enjoyed the way the author explored the topic from scientific, historical, cultural, religious, and psychological points of view.  There was also a personal impetus involved in Smith’s idea for the book: his father heard voices, yet kept his “affliction” hidden from everyone, even family, for most of his life.  Although largely associated with mental illness today, auditory hallucinations actually occur in otherwise “normal” people, too.  Well-written for a general audience, and quite interesting.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: lw

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