Monday, August 31, 2015

DR. OLIVER SACKS (July 9, 1933-August 30, 2015)

I had goosebumps upon learning just now that one of my favorite authors passed away in the early morning hours of August 30, 2015. 

DR. OLIVER SACKS (born in Willesden, London, England; July 9, 1933–August 30, 2015) was an English neurologist and author, famous for writing best-selling case histories of his patients' disorders, with some of his books adapted for film and stage.

Of his many best-selling books, I have An Anthropologist on Mars (1995), The Island of the Colorblind (1997) & The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat (1985). I started reading the first book (and perhaps the second book also) in the 90's because of my ardent interest and passion reading about the study of colors. The third book I only acquired this year and haven't read it.

Sacks waged a lifelong battle with prosopagnosia, known popularly as "face blindness." In January 2015, metastases from the ocular tumour were discovered in his liver and brain. He died from the disease at his home in Manhattan. He was 82.

I have plans of collecting his books. It was my desire to have him interviewed in the future, but it will no longer happen. He is such an amazing doctor, psychologist, super brillant writer & researcher!

"The act of writing is an integral part of my mental life; 
ideas emerge, are shaped, in the act of writing... 
a special, indispensable form of talking to myself." 

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