Oliver Sacks is a man I wish I could have met, in person. Fortunately, when I read his work, or hear him tell stories on radio programs, I feel I have met the man. And I am better for it. We all are. It is very appropriate that his final work is titled, "Gratitude," for I am filled with gratitude to have him live on through his work.
I am finding myself moved nearly to tears while writing about the first Oliver Sacks book I ever read (The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat) for one of my college application essays to St. Johns College. Oliver Sacks not only got me interested in the brain and how it works but made me feel good about my own messy brain which I am constantly trying to overcome. Since age 15 I wished to meet him and I was so sad when he died I haven't been able to read anything of his because I am sad that such a great and caring mind is gone. I am glad he has immortalized his ideas through his writing so he can continue to inspire generations to come and help them see the beauty in the brain and its disorders. Thank you Oliver Sacks.
I am deeply impressed by his inspiring work. I am a 21 year old medical student and he is one of my shining examples of how to deal with the privilege of being a doctor. Patients are no personified diseases but amazing human beings with heaps of life experience and it is touching me deeply that Dr. Sacks focused on the human being behind the disease.
It was my greatest wish to have my dissertation in his studies and i am very sad that such an inspiring man passed away.
Thank you for being my example of which doctor I would like to become.
Just finished reading "On the Move" a wonderful narrative and checked this website to sadly discover that OS had died in August. Delighted I was regarding Billy. I am a metallurgist who worked on creep fracture in tungsten - as did my brother John in Osram Works, London. I now am in the early stages of Parkinson's and hoped to seek insight on treatment from OS. A Great Life.
I fell in love for a wonderful child portrayed in "Brilliant Light", an article in The New Yorker. That boy made me want to know the man he had become, the things he had lived and done, so further readings followed, never to be stopped. In them, what always touched me the most was his generosity: "Very occasionally he shows a 'normal' or middle state, but these are only seen once or twice a month and then only last a few seconds or minutes".
Thanks a lot, Mr. Sacks, for very interesting literature!
I very rarely read. However when I do read I love reading books by Dr Oliver Sacks. When I read his books I think of the world my dad lived in. My dad was born in 1937 and he too passed away this year. As a boy, my dad also had a shed where he too experimented with chemicals. One would never hear of that these days. We want to protect our children. However our children miss the rich childhoods where there was freedom to experiment. Real hands on learning.
I am inspired and intrigued by the world that Dr Sacks brings to life; his early years, his education (reading from original publications by Darwin), his passion and compassion for understanding human nature, his travels and friendships (such an amazing array). What a full and wonderful life.
I feel so lucky to be able to read of his life and his case studies. And I am so sorry that the world has lost him.
I think my dad and Dr Sacks would have got along very well. I would like to think that they are in another world sharing stories of how they mixed their chemicals in their sheds as boys.
Just read about Dr. Sacks' new book ,Gratitude, in the Boston Globe and ordered it.
Also have something in common with him. Today I start my first infusion treatment at MGH Cancer Center for melanoma that has metastacized to my liver,
I so await to read his book and absorb his thoughts.
He changed my life, I am forever grateful.
Dr. Sacks is the reason I went into nursing. Although gone (just found out in Google), I will never forget the doctor, the gentle soul, and his great work. Thank you.💖 My condolences to the family. He may be gone but he is an angel to another neurosurgeon I'm very sure.
Grazie bellissimo Oliver ! M
Just a layman here saying "Thank you, Dr. Sacks, for making so many things about the brain more easily understandable and thank you for sharing with us your curiousity and your unstoppable sense of wonder."
Today we began our CE Workshop on Nontraditional Healing, and Science and Teamwork dedicated to our spirit God Oliver Sacks...who taught me and I am teaching my students and colleagues to put the patient back in the process.
150 psychologists and medical professionals began the Hawaii Psychological Convention Workshop with Hula and a Pule (Hawaiian prayer) for Oliver. He was a colleague when I was at Albert Einstein in the Bronx. His message has been taken seriously by our Honolulu psychologists, physicians and students in all ways.
If you are interested in the power point write to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I consider Dr. Sacks to be "The Last of The Just", a personal friend, although I never met him. The deep kindness of the man came through in all his writings, as did his curiosity, brilliance, humor, and eloquence. For a self-described "shy" man, he had an amazing array of friends. I mourn him deeply. He was one whom I would salute: "Oh, Oliver, live forever!"
I am recovering from a diffuse cerebral injury sustained when I drove my Porsche race car into a wall at high speed on the track.
This book and Oliver Sacks have come at such an introspective time in my life. I went to the website and cried when I read he had passed on.
I am sad that I will never meet him but will endeavor to read all he has ever written. What a brilliant man - in all things
To be completely honest, I had no idea who you were five days ago.
As I got home one day last week, barely having the time to take off my coat before Steven, a dear but not so easily excitable friend, passionately divulged how wonderful your adventures are and how touched he is by your writing. Since he began your book, I am often showered with stories about your life. While I love to see the happiness you are bringing to Steven’s life, I feel that I have to thank you for the pleasure I get, watching this infusion of excitement.
He is absolutely smitten with your unquenchable love of life. Your adoration for adventure and your acceptance of the way it changes you. Your ability to utilize your gifts with the greatest creativity, without having them become a hindrance. I should say, I am paraphrasing Steven here, perhaps quite poorly.
In a world that is tough and heavy on the mind and the heart, I’ve never seen another author lift Steven up in such a fascinating and imaginative way. Almost a childlike-fearlessness has washed over him and allowed for clarity and encouragement in areas that were otherwise muted.
Since he started reading your Autobiography, Steven has managed to make changes and persevere in area where he may have procrastinated in the past. You touched and sparked him. It has been a pleasure to watch you encourage a person for whom I care so deeply.
A great big thank you, Mr. Sacks!
Some years ago, I worked with a deaf woman. Our work relationship seemed to be deteriorating. I happened upon Dr. Sacks' book "Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf." Reading that book made all the difference -- I now understood where my co-worker was coming from, and our relationship improved tremendously. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has friends, family, or co-workers who are deaf. A belated thank you for this excellent book.
Thank you Mr. Sacks for sharing your life with us (your readers) for so many years. I have gratitude for you, your writings, your research and know that you have lived a life engaged fully with the world and its people. Your life serves as an example to enjoy and extend ones self into the world. You considered yourself shy but you've made a permanent impression on so many of us. Curiosity and lifelong learning can keep us going, 80 years and beyond. R.I.P.
It's a very hot summer afternoon in South Africa. Just had an amazing lunch at a restaurant and finished reading On The Move.
I am forever grateful for picking up this amazing book at a bookstore at the airport while waiting for my partner (gay) to arrive from Amsterdam.
What an eye opener. Amazing stuff. Can't wait to read the rest of his books.
One of my top 5 books ever. So wish I could have told him this myself.
To his partner I only wish the best and I am sure a lifetime of memories.
All my love.