I wanted to share my condolences and express my gratitude for Dr Sacks's books and writing.
During my rehabilitation degree (1993 to 1996) in occupational therapy, I found his books inspirational.
I just finished reading On the Move. I truly appreciated his honesty, sharing his personal experiences (especially the photos) and his work with patients.
I had planned to write him and tell him how "moved" I was by On the Move.
I currently work in palliative home care as an Occupational Therapist. I wanted to tell him how much I value that one-to-one time with my clients and how one woman told me to use the good china every day.
Dr Sacks will certainly live on in his books and writings. He will also continue to inspire.
Great sadness at the news of Dr. Sacks's death.
I have read most of his works and was inspired by his ability to find the humanity in anyone, no matter what their malady. He was a human being with a great kindness, curiosity and a desire to help all the humans whose lives he touched. His curiosity and his ability to describe the situations he encountered during his life should be a standard for all authors, let alone all neurologists!
May all mourn the loss of this great human being.
Goodbye, Dr. Sacks.
I wish I could have known you. The world today is not as nearly as good a place as it was yesterday. To lose someone with such charisma, magnetism, integrity, respect for people, humor, and love of learning and life is tragedy. Thank you. One lifetime is not enough for people like you.
How fortunate we are to have had the privilege to read your writings, Dr. Sacks. You will be deeply, deeply missed in this world.
Go well, dear and wonderful man.
RIP Dr. Sacks. Thank you for sharing your extraordinary life and work with us.
Sad to hear of Dr. Sack's passing, but what a life!
You will on in so many hearts and minds. Rest in peace.
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Sacks today. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his books over the last few decades. I was fortunate enough to hear him speak in San Francisco many years ago, and will never forget how exciting it was to see him in person, and have a book signed! He will be missed; my condolences to those who were close to him.
Dear Dr. Sacks,
I read your book 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat' this time last year, in the summer before I wrote the dissertation for my undergraduate degree in Theology and I wanted to say thank you for influencing me so positively. I'm sorry to hear of your death but I hope wherever you are that you can see what a wonderful legacy you have left.
You made this world a little brighter and better. Thank you.
You have been an inspiration as a human being and a student of human beings. The world is depleted with your passing, but your spirit and passion will live on.
I was so very sad to hear of Dr. Sacks's passing. I've lost count of how many times I've watched "Awakenings" and I found "Musicophilia" fascinating. I'm looking forward to reading his work about migraines.
It saddens me to have heard about your death. Your works inspired me to become more interested in the function of the brain and it's profound effects on our health. I first read "A man who mistook his wife for a hat" in 2008 for a psychology class and have read 3 more of your books since. I am working on reading your memoir, which I must say is fantastic.
Rest in Peace Dr Sacks and I hope your legacy lives on in the young minds of today.
What an amzing guy!, so obviously incredibly intelligent, yet able to see what it is to be human, and all that comes with that!
The world has lost an incredible man & human being! ☆♡
You once opened my mind, my eyes and my soul. That was when I first knew about you. Your human perspective on humanity has always inspired me.
Today you have gone. I celebrate every word you have written, every minute of thoughtful understanding but still today is a sad day. Thank you.
I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I was actually shocked to see this. Someone who is so incredible that it is hard to fathom he is gone. I went through this when my wife passed away in December, 2014.
With sadness but love,
I have enjoyed exploring the writings of Dr. Sacks through the years and of seeing and hearing his various TV and radio appearances. His constant wonder at the intricacies and flexibility of the brain and the unbounded empathy for his clients are an inspiration to me. I shall miss him in this world.
Dear Dr. Sacks,
The two greatest ways you have helped me--continue to help me--in my efforts to help others:
First, you inspire me to approach evaluations with equal attention to strengths and struggles. The people I work with come to me identified by their "deficits" (learners of any age with exceptionally high intelligence combined with a learning glitch). They have been told they are broken, and the accepted model indeed focuses on what doesn't work.
You show us all a different and better way. A NYTimes commenter, Lynn, today described the great gift you gave her sister, whose brain tumor manifested as a sudden inability to read. She wrote that the evaluation felt like "a joyful joint exploration" and that "In contrast to the depression and devastation following the standard neuropsychological evaluation, my sister left her time with Sacks inspired and uplifted.... with joy in the middle of her struggles".
Inspiration. Uplift. Joint exploration. Joy in the middle of struggles.
You set a very different standard for a "good evaluation" than I received in my professional training, something to constantly try to aim towards. A truer "North Star".
The other great gift I will try to pass on results from your memoir's frankness about times you felt you had taken the wrong turn, were lost, or failed. We first encounter great achievers in seeing their strengths, then assume they comprise only strengths; we see the gap between them and us, and it further diminishes our confidence. But reading your memoir, we see that without those years of struggle, you could not have become so completely and uniquely yourself.
I address this to you though you passed from this life today, as you will continue to be a living presence in my mind, as one's greatest mentors do.
My thoughts are with your family and friends at this sad time. Oliver sacks was truly a captivating, interesting, knowledgable man. His book "seeing voices" was inspirational to me. Being dyslexic, I have struggled with books. But that book was brilliant I read it in 99 at uni an I knew I wanted to work with Deaf people. I am now an interpreter. I have gone on to read much more of his work, which is all truly engaging.
Thank you. RIP
I must say I knew the existence of Oliver Sacks some months ago, when he wrote about his terminal illness. I work with people with cancer and I know his way of facing the end of life. I asked my friends to give me a book written by him on my birthday, and a little later I read An Anthropologist on Mars. I liked it. His speech about his pacients, science and real life together actually surprised me.
Today I can only say: Dr Sacks, rest in peace, and thanks for your legacy.
Just discovered you. Thanks for your broad clear vision. Peace.