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Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr Oliver Sacks

The Distinguished Lecture Series brings public speakers of the highest calibre to Warwick to share their thoughts and ideas. On Monday 11 March 2013, join Dr Oliver Sacks, Professor of Neurology at NYU School of Medicine and Visiting Professor at Warwick, to discuss 'Narrative and medicine: The importance of the case history'.

Dr Oliver Sacks - Narrative and Medicine: The Importance of the Case History

Monday 11 March, 6.00 pm

oliver_sacks_dls.jpgOliver Sacks is a professor of neurology at NYU School of Medicine and a Visiting Professor at Warwick.

His essays and books about people living with various neurological conditions have earned numerous awards and inspired millions of readers around the world and the New York Times has referred to him as "the poet laureate of medicine."

Dr Sacks' book 'Awakenings', the basis for the 1990 film with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, has also inspired a play by Harold Pinter and a ballet by Tobias Picker and Aletta Collins. His book 'The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat' was the inspiration for a chamber opera by Michael Nyman and Christopher Rawlence, as well as Peter Brook's "L'Homme Qui..." Sacks is also the author of 'Musicophilia' and, most recently, 'Hallucinations'.

Dr Sacks was born in London and educated at The Queen's College, Oxford. Since 1965 he has lived in New York, where he sees patients as a consultant to the Little Sisters of the Poor. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2008 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire.

Further information on Dr Sacks' website

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About the Distinguished Lecture Series

The purpose of the series is to provoke discussion and debate about a range of topics and subjects in the past have included energy sustainability and the value of wealth. The agenda is kept deliberately broad and the lectures are intended to be accessible to a general audience.

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