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Title:Gratitude
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Publisher:Knopf Canada
ISBN:0345811364
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Number of Pages:64
Category:Non fiction, Memoir, Essays, Biography, Psychology

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Gratitude A deeply moving testimony and celebration of how to embrace life .

In January Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer and he shared this news in a i New York Times i essay that inspired readers all over the world I cannot pretend I am without fear But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude Above all I have been a sentient being a thinking animal on this beautiful planet and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure i Gratitude i consists of four essays that originally appeared in i The New York Times i accompanied by a foreword that describes the occasion of each chapter The foreword is written by Billy Hayes Oliver Sacks s partner and Kate Edgar his long time collaborato

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A deeply moving testimony and celebration of how to embrace life br br In January Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer and he shared this news in a i New York Times i essay that inspired readers all over the world I cannot pretend I am without fear But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude Above all I have been a sentient being a thinking animal on this beautiful planet and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure br i Gratitude i consists of four essays that originally appeared in i The New York Times i accompanied by a foreword that describes the occasion of each chapter The foreword is written by Billy Hayes Oliver Sacks s partner and Kate Edgar his long time collaborator, In his most extraordinary book one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century i The New York Times i recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders Oliver Sacks s i The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat i tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities whose limbs have become alien who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents br br If inconceivably strange these brilliant tales remain in Dr Sacks s splendid and sympathetic telling deeply human They are studies of life struggling against incredible adversity and they enable us to enter the world of the neurologically impaired to imagine with our hearts what it must be to live and feel as they do A great healer Sacks never loses sight of medicine s ultimate responsibility the suffering afflicted fighting human subject, When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report Sacks will go far if he does not go too far It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed i On the Move i is infused with his restless energy As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early s first in California where he struggled with drug addiction and then in New York where he discovered a long forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital we see how his engagement with patients comes to define his life br br With unbridled honesty and humor Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions weight lifting and swimming also drives his cerebral passions He writes about his love affairs both romantic and intellectual his guilt over leaving his family to come to America his bond with his schizophrenic brother and the writers and scientists Thom Gunn A R Luria W H Auden Gerald M Edelman Francis Crick who influenced him br br i On the Move i is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer and of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human, Like b The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat b this is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land a provocative meditation on communication biology adaptation and culture In b Seeing Voices b Oliver Sacks turns his attention to the subject of deafness and the result is a deeply felt portrait of a minority struggling for recognition and respect a minority with its own rich sometimes astonishing culture and unique visual language an extraordinary mode of communication that tells us much about the basis of language in hearing people as well b Seeing Voices b is as Studs Terkel has written an exquisite as well as revelatory work