Oliver Sacks, One of Medicine’s Best Storytellers, Shares His Story

In a recent post, What Doctors Feel, I referenced the work of Danielle Ofri MD, author, Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU, and practicing internist at Bellevue Hospital in NYC, whose research, and book by the same title, examines how emotions affect those providing care. Ofri’s website (found here) provides a number of related articles, as well as the following interview with colleague Oliver Sacks. Sacks is also a physician, and a well-known author whose work includes the 1973 memoir, Awakenings, later made into an Academy Award nominated film starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams.

Sacks has long believed in the value of sharing the stories of his neurologically impaired patients, as well as working to make them whole again. The compassion and empathy he feels for each of the patients whose story he shares is palpable.

Please enjoy his story over the holiday week–we will be back online July 9th!

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