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“The Poet Laureate of Medicine”

— The New York Times

Dr. Oliver Sacks was a physician, best-selling author, and professor of neurology.

He is the author of many books, including Musicophilia, Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Everything In Its Place, a posthumous collection of essays published in 2019.

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Oliver Sacks

“The Poet Laureate of Medicine”

— The New York Times

Dr. Oliver Sacks was a physician, best-selling author, and professor of neurology.

He is the author of many books, including Musicophilia, Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, and Everything In Its Place, a posthumous collection of essays published in 2019.

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Hosted by neuroscientist Indre Viskontas, this nine-part podcast series from Audible tells the story of the human brain one person at a time. Drawing inspiration from the work of Dr. Sacks, each episode centers on a condition that sparked his interest, and includes rare and some never before published archival tape of Oliver speaking—his audio diaries and his thoughts on various conditions.

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“Working on this podcast, I felt I could once again explore the mysteries of the human brain with one of the most beloved humanists of our time.”

— Indre Viskontas

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The award-winning documentary by Ric Burns explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. The film features exclusive interviews with Sacks conducted just weeks after he received a terminal diagnosis, and months prior to his death in 2015.

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“A tender and thrilling look at the sacred demons that drove the poetic neurologist of Awakenings.”

— Variety

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World Premiere, June 2022

A new opera based on Awakenings by Oliver Sacks gives authentic life to the patients’ stories, and reminds us all of the power of love, music, and human resilience. Composed by Tobias Picker, with libretto by Aryeh Lev Stollman, commissioned for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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Bestselling Books by Oliver Sacks

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Shortly before his death, Oliver Sacks wrote an essay looking back on his seminal 1985 book. The essay appears for the first time as the preface to this brand new edition.

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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

In this New York Times bestseller—now revised and expanded for the paperback edition—Dr. Sacks investigates the power of music to move us, to heal and to haunt us.

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Everything In Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales

A final volume showcasing Dr. Sacks’s range of interests—from his passion for ferns and horsetails, to his final case histories exploring schizophrenia and dementia.

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On The Move: A Life

In this tender and joyous memoir, Oliver Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions—weightlifting and swimming—also drives his cerebral passions.

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Gratitude

Reflections on what it means to live a good and worthwhile life. These four essays–which went viral when first published in the New York Times–form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being.

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The River of Consciousness

A collection of essays that displays Dr. Sacks’s passionate engagement with the most compelling and seminal ideas of human endeavor: evolution, creativity, memory, time, and consciousness.

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News and Upcoming Events

An Aria to Cycads

May 27, 2022|

It’s spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, so it’s time for some botanical news! In Oaxaca Journal, Oliver Sacks [...]

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 Inspired by Oliver Sacks

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Film

The hit 1990 film Awakenings is now available on Netflix.

Awakenings opera

Opera

Don't miss the world-premiere of Tobias Picker's opera based on Awakenings.

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Podcast

Radiant Minds, the new Oliver Sacks podcast from Audible is now available.

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