by Anniel 9/22/15
Oliver Sack’s Memoir, On the Move, was published in April of this year. As one of the most loved writers about neurology and the odd things that happen to people when their brains are under assault from illness or injury, there has been remarkably little attention paid to his death. He was born on July 9, 1933 in Willesden, London, England and died August 30, 2015 in Manhattan. Sacks never became a U.S. Citizen, but spent his professional life in America.
Sacks’ book, Awakenings, was a true story of his interactions with people who contracted Encephalitis lethargica during a 1920’s epidemic and had remained “asleep” until Sacks began working with them in the 1960’s. Treatment with L-DOPA caused many of them to awaken. Some of them, but not all, were restored to normalcy. In 1990 the story was made into a movie starring Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro.
Sacks went on to lecture and write many books dealing with the brain.
Dr. Sacks has said: “I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominate feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written.”
A feeling of gratitude at the end of one’s life is such a blessing. And now Oliver Sacks moves on to his next journey.
Written with gratitude for Oliver Sacks.
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