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A case study of Oliver Sacks

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Science  18 Sep 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6510, pp. 1439
DOI: 10.1126/science.abb2944

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"I'm an inveterate storyteller," confesses the celebrated neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks at the start of Oliver Sacks: His Own Life. "I tell many stories, some comic, some tragic." Tales of both types abound in this elegiac yet lighthearted film based on director Ric Burns's interviews with Sacks and his friends, colleagues, family members, and patients in the months before and after the physician's death in 2015 at the age of 82. The result is a vivid portrait of an ebullient, provocative, brilliant man who transformed the practice of medicine and spearheaded the neurodiversity movement.

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