Oliver Sacks Says Farewell

I am very sad to hear that one of my heroes, Dr. Oliver Sacks, has terminal cancer. The following article is a deeply moving announcement of his impending death; his eloquent words speak for themselves. He has lived a rich full life, and will continue to do so until the very end which may come in only a few months.

His rich legacy will stay with us forever, and his lifetime of knowledge continues to enhance our understanding of the human brain. He is a neurologist who cares deeply for his patients, and has been open about his own struggles with an inability to recognize faces, migraines and other conditions.

I consider his book
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat required reading for everyone. Other favorites of mind are Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations. His second memoir is due to be released in a few months as well.

I also highly recommend the film version of
Awakenings featuring the Robert de Niro and the late Robin Williams.

I was extremely fortunate to have attended one of his lectures in Los Angeles in the 1990s on the artwork of brain damaged individuals. Seeing him in real life only reaffirmed my belief that he is a kind soul and dedicated physician.

Thank you doctor Sacks, and Godspeed.

"There will be no one like us when we are gone, but then there is no one like anyone else, ever. When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death." - Oliver Sacks -

Read the full article in the New York Times HERE.

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