Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Deeply conscious of his impending death, neurologist Oliver Sacks reflects on his life and work before the camera of filmmaker Ric Burns. A supremely empathetic physician, Sacks was intensely private for most of his years, particularly regarding growing up gay in a repressed England. A bodybuilder and motorcycle fanatic, he was also an unprecedented public voice in the medical field and so prodigiously gifted a writer that his books of medical case histories, such as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, became improbable best sellers. He spent his life as a healer of confounding brain disorders, devoted to helping his patients. His stunning clinical breakthrough was his ability to empathize with patients whose mental afflictions often set them apart from the rest of society. Through interviews, archival materials, and direct access, this spirited tribute weaves personal and professional endeavors into a profound celebration of Sacks’s numerous groundbreaking contributions to science and society. LB
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