Oliver Sacks began to shape me as a physician before I went to medical school, and in my twenty years of practice he has never been far from me. I only ‘met’ him through his stories about his patients. The stories themselves were riveting and profound. But as a developing physician, I was also mindful of the ways that he demonstrated how to be a great physician, how to see the way a great physician sees. He did not turn away from the variety and frailty of humanity as he cared for the sick, and his gift as a writer allowed us to see the world he witnessed.
In this last book, Gratitude, he turns his vision inward and gives us a glimpse of himself that has the flavor of vulnerability that we feel ourselves when we are seen by a wise physician. The essays have a tender honesty that reminds us that even though he was a great physician and writer, he was also one of us, with all the joy, sadness, and gratitude that comes when we live life fully. I interviewed Dr. Sacks’s assistant, Kate Edgar, and she offered some further insights into this remarkable man. Contina a leggere l’articolo su Litereary Hub