British neurologist Oliver Sacks, the author of books such as “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” died at the age of 82, due to cancer. Read on for more details.
According to REUTERS, Sacks died at his home in Manhattan, New York City, on August 30. The writer Billy Hayes, his partner, and Kate Edgar, his personal assistant were beside the never-married Sacks, when he died.
New York University School of Medicine, where the neurologist worked as instructor and clinical professor, said that Sacks’ “breakthrough work” in neuro psychiatry and neurology has helped in understanding significant things in these fields. The institute also said that his “prolific, award-winning writing touched the lives of millions around the world.”
Oliver Sacks died due to ocular melanoma. According to Wikipedia entry, in 2006, the neurologist was diagnosed with melanoma in his right eye. He lost his stereoscopic vision due to the radiation therapy treatment he underwent for melanoma. In January 2015, his ocular cancer was diagnosed. In February, Sacks announced about his health condition.
Sacks practiced neurology after his medical qualifications in Neurology, and worked as neurological consultant in various centers, including in Beth Abraham Hospital, the Little Sisters of the Poor’s New York City nursing homes, Bronx Psychiatric Center, New York University School of Medicine, the Neurosciences Institute and the New York Botanical Garden. He has worked as professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the New York University School of Medicine and the Columbia University Medical Center. The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) honored his exceptional “contributions in support of music therapy and the effect of music on the human brain and mind.”
As a author, he has given many well-known books such as “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” “The Island Of The Colorblind,” “Migraines,” “The Mind’s Eye,” “Hallucinations,” and “An Anthropologist on Mars.” His book “Awakenings” inspired an Oscar nominated film of the same name. In his 2015 autobiography “On the Move: A Life,” Sacks addressed about his homosexuality and his love with Hayes at the age of 77.
R.I.P Oliver Sacks!
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