Oliver Sachs, wonderful writer and commentator on the human condition, neurologist, dies

Malignant melanoma killed him at the age of 82. A great and wonderful man, neurologist and writer with a serious philosophical knack. He would start with neurological observations, but he was better than just a doctor who wrote, he was a thinker, a ruminator, a cogitator who practiced neurology and wrote lucidly and insightfully. He caught my attention with one of his first books The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/31/science/oliver-sacks-dies-at-82-neurologist-and-author-explored-the-brains-quirks.html?_r=0

A prolific man, extraordinary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/31/science/oliver-sacks-dies-at-82-neurologist-and-author-explored-the-brains-quirks.html?_r=0

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2 responses to “Oliver Sachs, wonderful writer and commentator on the human condition, neurologist, dies

  1. Thank you for this reminder of the contributions to society from Dr. Oliver Sachs, a man who knew how to live!

  2. Call me a chemophobe once again, but I couldn’t help wondering, after reading his autobiography ‘Uncle tungsten’ if his obsessive chemophilia, the dominant theme of his childhood and especially exposure to tungsten dust at his uncle’s lab could have had serious health effects in later life…………….

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