Oliver Sacks, the influential neurologist best known for his books The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings (the latter of which was adapted into a movie starring the late Robin Williams and was nominated for three oscars) has died at the age of 82. The cause of his death, according to his assistant, was cancer. Aside from being a highly respected neurologist, Sacks was also one of the most well-known scientists of his time due to his bestselling books, which he referred to as “neurological novels” and which featured fascinating case histories of patients he’d come into contact with. The New York Times has published a lengthy obituary about Dr. Sacks, which is well worth reading even if you’re not familiar with his work.


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