As Oliver Sacks Releases His Latest Book, 'Hallucinations', This Week, Discover More About the Author and Neurologist on Web of Stories.
In his 1985 bestseller, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, he describes a number of neurological disorders. These publications, together with his later works, have brought world-wide recognition.
In this series of amusing and insightful clips, Sacks shares his childhood memories growing up in a family of physicians; an upbringing which helped shape his fascination with medicine: "Table conversation was all about medicine… My mother, in particular, was a very good storyteller and loved telling medical stories, either impervious to the gruesome and to the shocked effect of listeners. I think I was both fascinated and horrified by many of these medical stories."
He recounts precious memories of how W H Auden bolstered his confidence and came to be his mentor: "I gave him the manuscript of Awakenings and he called it a masterpiece. And he didn't use words lightly and… I'd never had anything like that said to me in my life."
These remarkable clips of Sacks also include his memories of his ground-breaking work with patients which led him to write Awakenings: "I gave L-DOPA in March of '69 to three patients, and a placebo to three other patients. It was evident that the placebo was doing nothing, but the L-DOPA was doing everything. These were people who had been almost inanimate for 30 or 40 years, who had burst into explosive life... I kept very detailed notes and journals, and some of the patients did. I also at that time started… carrying around a camera because I thought these are things which have never been seen before, and may never be seen again..."
You can hear more about Sacks's fascinating life and work by watching this series of captivating recordings. They are available to view, free of charge, as a number of short clips, with a fully searchable transcript. All Web of Stories videos are easy to share with friends and colleagues, and may be embedded into personal blogs and websites.
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