The neurologist and author of “The man who took his wife for a hat” Oliver Sacks died Sunday at his home in New York, at the age of 82 years.
In February 2015, Mr. Sacks had announced that he was terminally ill with a rare cancer in the eye that had spread to his liver.
As a neurologist practitioner, Dr. Sacks has seen some patients with a glance from writer and has discovered a gold mine for the publication.
In his successful book, 1985, describes a man who has really taken the face of his wife for a hat, in his office, because of a neurological impairment, which gave him a hard time interpreting what he saw.
In 2006, Discover magazine included the book in its list of the 25 greatest science books of all time, claiming that “legions of neuroscientists” cite this book among their biggest inspirations.
In 1973, the book “The Awakening” (“Awakenings” in the original version) of Mr. Sacks, on patients in a vegetative state for years until he tries a new treatment, has been transposed to the big screen. Dr. Sacks was portrayed by Robin Williams.
He has written other books in which he recounted the course of some of his patients, but he never paid into the sensationalism.
“Oliver Sacks humanizes the disease. He writes about the body and the mind, and it emanates from each of its case studies a sense of respect for the patient and the disease,” said in 2001 the chemist and Nobel prize winner Roald Hoffmann. “What others consider to be an absolute tragedy or dysfunction, Dr. Sacks sees and makes us see – a human being who is faced with dignity to a biological problem.”
In 2002, Oliver Sacks has received the prestigious Lewis Thomas for the scientific writing. Born in London in 1933 to parents, doctors, he obtained a medical degree at the university of Oxford, and then moved to the United States in 1960 to complete a residency in neurology in Los Angeles.