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Day 100: Dr. Oliver Sacks


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If you have watched the Academy nominated movie called 'Awakenings' you might have heard of Dr. Oliver Sacks. The movie directed by Penny Marshall (Riding in Cars With Boys, A League of Their Own fame!) and enacted by the late (brilliant) Robin Williams and Robert De Niro was based on Dr. Oliver Sacks's memoir. The book (and hence, the movie) takes us through this neurologist's narration of life histories of a few of his patients. I have not yet read the original book, however, I have read his book, Musichophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. Though, I cannot completely claim reading the entire book, as I had a few chapters pending before I had to turn that back to my library (due to due date and renewal issues), it did bring me closer to understanding this brilliant doctor. A Britisher who spent most of his professional life in the United States, he had a brilliant career as a neurologist and of course, as a writer. He was a regular contributor to The New York Times.

If you haven't read any of his works, please try and do and I'm sure you won't be disappointed. He breathed his last on the 30th of August in NY.

The book on music and brain left a mark with me for the ease in which he had connected the notes of music to that of the brain, which I always believed (and will) to be true. This 100th post is dedicated to a great soul!
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