December 12, 2016

“I’m addicted to patients”: Oliver Sacks defends his title as history’s most affable neuroscientist in this 1989 NewsHour sement


Here’s neuroscientist, memoirist, and Last Interview series participant Oliver Sacks speaking about his clinical work, his search for “real life,” and the right color pen to bring to the Bronx Botanical Garden in a 1989 segment for what was then PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.


If that’s left you wanting more, you might also enjoy this talk on hallucinations, this documentary on migraines, this scene from Michael Nyman’s chamber opera of Sacks’s The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, or, for that matter, Robin Williams’s turn playing Sacks in 1990’s Awakenings.