Oliver Sacks is a professor of neurology at NYU School of Medicine and a Visiting Professor at Warwick. His essays and books about people living with various neurological conditions have earned numerous awards and inspired millions of readers around the world and the New York Times has referred to him as “the poet laureate of medicine.”
He is best known for his collections of neurological case histories, including The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat (1985), *Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain* (2007) and The Mind’s Eye (2010). Awakenings (1973), his book about a group of patients who had survived the great encephalitis lethargica epidemic of the early twentieth century, inspired the 1990 Academy Award-nominated feature film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams.
In this conversation with Dr Julie Walsh (Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick), Dr Sacks will reflect on his work and writing throughout his exceptional career.
This event launches the 2014 University of Warwick Book Festival and will include a special announcement about this year’s programme.