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On the move : a life

Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: "Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far." Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy. As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California, where he struggled with drug  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiography
Autobiographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Sacks, Oliver W.
On the move.
(CaOONL)20159012805
Named Person: Oliver Sacks; Oliver Sacks; Oliver W Sacks; Oliver W Sacks; Oliver Sacks
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Oliver Sacks
ISBN: 9780385352543 0385352549 9780345808967 0345808967
OCLC Number: 900565064
Notes: Includes index.
"This is a Borzoi book."
Description: 397 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Contents: On the move --
Leaving the nest --
San Francisco --
Muscle beach --
Out of reach --
Awakenings --
The bull on the mountain --
A matter of identity --
City island --
Voyages --
A new vision of the mind --
Home.
Responsibility: Oliver Sacks.

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When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: "Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far." Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy. As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California, where he struggled with drug addiction, and then in New York, where he discovered a long-forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital, we see how his engagement with patients comes to define his life. Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions -- weight lifting and swimming -- also drives his cerebral passions. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to America; his bond with his schizophrenic brother; and the writers and scientists -- Thom Gunn, A.R. Luria, W.H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick -- who influenced him.

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