Oliver Sacks was beloved because he saw the human stories inside medicine.
Sacks was a neurologist with unique compassion and curiosity; he wrote books about people whose brains behaved in very unusual ways. His books include "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales," "The Mind's Eye," "The Island of the Colorblind" and "Seeing Voices." His first book, "Awakenings," was made into a film starring Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro. In his 2015 memoir, "On the Move," and 2012's "Hallucinations," he shared how his unique experiences informed his work. Earlier this year, he announced he had terminal cancer; he died Sunday at 82.
He had many fans in the literary community; J.K. Rowling called him "great, humane and inspirational." Here are their tributes.
Michael Schermer, publisher of Skeptic Magazine, weighed in.
Some publishers gathered the writing they'd published by Sacks.
Ben Schwartz joked:
From Sacks' official Twitter account.
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