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    A special in Nature about Oliver Sacks

    Sacks remembered: Nature

    Oliver Sacks, who died from cancer on 30 August 2015, was a neurologist with a difference. He focused on individuals, rather than on populations, and wrote graceful books instead of papers. This collection brings together comment on Sacks’s life and work, and his own writing from the archives of Nature Publishing Group.
    As Sacks indicated in On the Move, growing up at a time when homosexuality was still listed as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association alerted him to the sometimes detrimental consequences of psychiatric labelling. Rather than locking individuals in a 'condition', he took the upbeat perspective of pointing out the benefits over the deficits — sometimes to the point of eclipsing the original pathology. In many cases, this had a liberating effect: one may have Tourette's syndrome and still become a surgeon, or, like Grandin, have autism and have a career in science. Sacks thought in terms of neurodiversity — the idea that conditions result from normal variation — well before the term became common among those who distanced themselves from the medical perspective on autism.
    A young man sets out to find himself. He discovers motorbikes, leather, speed and thrills
    Oliver Sacks in New York in 1961:



    None of Sacks's journey into mythic America was planned. The enthusiastic biker who first crossed the Atlantic from Britain in 1960 with vague dreams of joining the Royal Canadian Air Force or becoming a lumberjack instead achieved enduring recognition and status as professor of neurology at New York University. But you might not predict it from this account of uncertain beginnings and peripatetic adventures.
    Marcel

    "Evolution is a tinkerer not an engineer" F.Jacob
    "Without imperfection neither you nor I would exist" Stephen Hawking

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    It's a wonderful review.

    More here.
    Barrett L. Dorko

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    • #3
      Has anyone read this book?:

      https://www.amazon.com/Move-Life-Oli...sap_bc?ie=UTF8

      If so, would you recommend it?
      Rob Willcott Physiotherapist

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      • #4
        Haven't read it yet, there's some info here (if you missed it) http://www.nature.com/nature/journal...l/521158a.html
        Marcel

        "Evolution is a tinkerer not an engineer" F.Jacob
        "Without imperfection neither you nor I would exist" Stephen Hawking

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