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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (PBS American Masters)


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PBS's American Masters program made available to its member stations the 2019 documentary Oliver Sacks: His Own Life.  It's an interesting story, one with which I was  unfamiliar.

If you don't know the name, you probably know the film based upon one of his early books: the Oscar-nominated Awakenings.

Sacks was an intensely shy, eccentric British neurologist who spent most of his adult life in the U.S.   Born into a strict Jewish family, Sacks left the UK for California, in part due to his family's hateful view of him.  He eventually relocated to NYC in the mid-1960s where he resided for the remainder of his life.

The documentary was filmed in 2015 shortly before he passed away.



A Neurologist's Awakenings - WSJ

A Glimpse Inside Oliver Sacks' Life | Vanity Fair

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