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Oliver Wolf Sacks, CBE (born July 9, 1933, London), is a British neurologist residing in the United States, who has written popular books about his patients, the most famous of which is Awakenings, which was adapted into a film of the same name starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.

Sacks was the youngest of four children born to a prosperous North London Jewish couple: Sam, a physician, and Elsie, a surgeon. When he was six years old, he and his brother were evacuated from London to escape The Blitz, retreating to a boarding school in the Midlands, where he remained until 1943. During his youth, he was a keen amateur chemist, as recalled in his memoir Uncle Tungsten. He also learned to share his parents' enthusiasm for medicine and ent
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Dr. Sacks has greatly enjoyed reading your letters, emails, and guestbook comments. Your stories, appreciations, memories (to say nothing of afghans, salmon, gefilte fish, artworks, photographs, and music) are what keep us all uplifted in the midst of his battle with cancer. We cannot thank you enough for this outpouring of support and affection. It is a daily reminder to the good doctor of his... Read more of this blog post »
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Awakenings
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“Every act of perception, is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination.”
Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: La musique, le cerveau et nous

“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears - it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more - it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.”
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“My religion is nature. That’s what arouses those feelings of wonder and mysticism and gratitude in me.”
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