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Sacks, Oliver (Wolf)

(1933–  ) neurologist, writer; born in London, England. Educated at Oxford, he came to the U.S.A. in 1960, and after completing advanced studies at the University of California: Los Angeles (1960–65), he joined the neurology faculty at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, N.Y.) (1965), and also became a consultant neurologist at various New York hospitals. Even in his first book, Migraine: Evolution of a Common Disorder (1970; expanded edition 1985), he was laying forth his unorthodox approach of stressing links between mental/emotional states and physical/bodily afflictions—essentially a holistic approach. Meanwhile, in the late 1960s he had worked in a New York hospital where he encountered some 80 people suffering from a "sleeping sickness" that had spread around the world about 1916 to 1920; he experimented by giving some of them the drug L-DOPA and obtained what at first seemed to be amazing results (for after "awakening," most soon regressed); he described this experience in Awakenings (1973), a book that inspired the Harold Pinter play, A Kind of Alaska, and the movie, Awakenings (1992). Controversial in his profession for some of his theories, he also published articles on his "cases" in nonprofessional magazines, then collected them in such books as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales (1985). His book, A Leg to Stand On (1984), went even further in his tendency to link the professional and personal, basing his findings on an accident that temporarily cost him the use of a leg, and thereby promoting his notion of the unity of the complex interactions of body, mind, and behavior.
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This month, the world of science mourned the passing of one of its most celebrated commentators on clinical conditions of the brain, as British neurologist and bestselling author Dr Oliver Sacks died at his New York home, aged 82.
OLIVER SACKS, the neurologist and author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, has died aged 82.
NEUROLOGIST Oliver Sacks whose work was celebrated in Hollywood movie Awakenings has died at 82.
Most of us would be fairly alarmed and pretty angry but not Oliver Sacks, the brilliant doctor and writer who burns with curiosity.
Fourteen people have won LSC's coveted Genius Award: Jeff Bezos, Sir Richard Branson, Garry Kasparov, Jane Goodall, Oliver Sacks, Sylvia Earle, Craig Venter, Temple Grandin, Dean Kamen, Vint Cerf, David Blaine, Cori Bargmann, Erno Rubik, and Jill Tarter.
ON THE MOVE OLIVER SACKS Oliver Sacks is a world-renowned neurologist and the bestselling author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
The study was conducted by a group of researchers including the renowned Oliver Sacks.
Neurologist Oliver Sacks, who has written eloquent books about human nervous systems, e-mailed to express his appreciation of gelatinous ones.
Oliver Sacks, author of ''Musicophilia,'' and ''The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
As part of the film, psychiatrist Oliver Sacks details the effect of a melody on the human brain.
Dr Oliver Sacks, professor of neurology at NYU School of Medicine and a Visiting Professor at the University of Warwick, will become an honorary doctor of science.