There is a photograph in 'On the Move' of Dr Sacks sitting opposite an older female patient, both have arms outstretched, knuckles almost touching. The look of complete joy & energy passing between them expresses, for me, everything that was/is so exceptional about Dr Sacks. He opened so many doors. May they stay open.
Oliver Sacks passed away one week after my father's own death, both due to cancer. Not having heard the news of Oliver Sacks' passing yet, in the wee hours of the morning of the 30th, I decided to use a passage from his essay to read at my father's memorial service on the following day. ("There will be no one like us when we are gone"; my dad was a "weird dude", a unique individual, something I celebrated and still do). Imagine my shock, when I heard that Oliver was gone. His works, teachings, brilliant discoveries and zest for his own life however remain. I just read the latest work, "Gratitude" while shedding a couple of tears for my father, and for the man I never knew, whose life touched so many of us. Thank you, Oliver, for sticking to your many passions in your final moments, mostly for your gift of writing. I'm sure that I'm not alone in being grateful to you for all you accomplished in your 82 years of living.
Hello. I am reading "on the move".. A book which has been following me for the past few months and I finally am reading it. Before this i knew nothing of Oliver Sacks. Now I am crying, weeping that he is no longer with us but travelling elsewhere. I was hoping to talk with him. I am inspired though to write more of what I know to be real and not real in this world... And to "take the bull by the horns", and finally accept that I see things clearly yet differently.... Having worked with the elderly in many ways, and in the area of Alzheimers, neurosurgery, healing, psychotherapy and Shamanic methods of knowing and seeing this incredible world of ours. I have somehow been leaving an aspect unattended. The part that knows and that needs to share.... I am humbled and grateful for having come upon this wonderful being... Many many thanks...
We will miss you Dr Sacks. R.I.P
I've read so much of what you've written & you touch me deeply. My son, knowing how much I enjoy you, gave me "On the Move" for my b'day. You're cover photo blew me away, "What a HUNK!" I'd never thought of you that way! And then I wondered, if you were gay (like my son). I felt so sad for you, in your relationship with your Mom & your sexual awakening. It pleased me SO much at the end, to find you HAD found a love & a relationship. My heart goes out to Billy now that you've gone. I can't imagine how much HE misses you. I only know how much I miss you from this world. I want to give something in your memory. I've chosen Drs. Without Borders. I think that's what YOU WERE, A doctor without borders!
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.
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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!"