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

Dr Oliver Sacks delivered his lecture on 11 March 2013. A video is available below.


You can also listen to a podcast interview by Dr Annette Rubery in which Dr Oliver Sacks discusses his latest book 'Hallucinations'.


oliversacks.jpgOliver Sacks is a professor of neurology at NYU School of Medicine and a Visiting Professor at the University of 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's 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.