oliver wolf sacks
Consciousness and brain function have been examined through the lens of many disciplines, including philosophy, biology, psychology, and artificial intelligence. One of the most insightful approaches, however, was that of neurologist Oliver Sacks, who crafted artistic case histories of neurologically damaged persons that illuminated the existential as well as pathological condition of the patient. An empathetic, humane approach to treating persons afflicted with some of the most macabre neurological conditions known was the hallmark of Sacks's writings. In his sixth book, An Anthropologist on Mars (1995), Sacks continued to relate the stories of his patients, as he had done in such earlier works as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1986).
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