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Oliver Sacks
OLIVER SACKS was born in 1933 in London and was educated at the Queen’s College, Oxford. He completed his medical training at San Francisco’s Mount Zion Hospital and at UCLA before moving to New York, where he soon encountered the patients whom he would write about in his book Awakenings.Dr.... show more



OLIVER SACKS was born in 1933 in London and was educated at the Queen’s College, Oxford. He completed his medical training at San Francisco’s Mount Zion Hospital and at UCLA before moving to New York, where he soon encountered the patients whom he would write about in his book Awakenings.Dr. Sacks spent almost fifty years working as a neurologist and wrote a number of books--including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations--about the strange neurological predicaments and conditions of his patients. The New York Times referred to him as "the poet laureate of medicine," and he received many awards, including honors from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Royal College of Physicians. His memoir, On the Move, was published shortly before his death in August 2015.Sacks' work has inspired many adaptations, including the Oscar-nominated film of Awakenings starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, a play by Harold Pinter, and several works by Peter Brook.Gratitude will be published on November 24, 2015.For more information, please visit www.oliversacks.com.

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Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it 10 months ago
This really brief book of four essays count among the most moving pieces I have ever read by anyone facing his own imminent demise. Having survived his unusual cancer for almost a decade, he was shocked to discover that although he felt wonderfully well, he was, indeed, now doomed. He took solace fr...
JL's Bibliomania
JL's Bibliomania rated it 1 year ago
Way back when, I devoured The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings. I heard about On The Move during the RadioLab tribute to Dr. Sacks soon after his death, so I gave it a go. It was well enough done, but I didn’t find On The Move all that gripping. Not being a devoted groupie, it wa...
TsalagiWriter
TsalagiWriter rated it 2 years ago
A short book of essays that the author wrote about life, aging, illness, and dying. A nice little inspirational book about having gratitude for the things and people in your life.
Emad Attely [The Book Nerd]
Emad Attely [The Book Nerd] rated it 2 years ago
This book is truly enthralling. I enjoyed it very much. It tells stories of people who we wouldn't imagine they even exist. But .. I have to admit that at some point I felt really bored!Nevertheless, it is definitely worth reading.
Ruined by Reading
Ruined by Reading rated it 2 years ago
Too bad there's no bittersweet emoji. (And ironic that a website that dedicates itself to the discussion of books would want us to distill our ideas about a thing made of many words to a little yellow circle. Aren't we all here to avoid this?) Anyway. This is Oliver Sacks love letter to the worl...
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