On Sale: April 28, 2015
Featuring: Oliver Sacks
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When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive
schoolmaster wrote in his report: â€śSacks will go far, if he
does not go too far.â€ť It is now abundantly clear that Sacks
has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his
youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the
Move is infused with his restless energy. As he recounts
his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s,
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
With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks shows us
that the same energy that drives his physical
passionsâ€”weight lifting and swimmingâ€”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 scientistsâ€”Thom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H.
Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crickâ€”who influenced him.
On the Move is the story of a brilliantly
unconventional physician and writerâ€”and of the man who has
illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.
Weekend Edition Sunday - August 30, 2015
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