Oliver Sacks – The Last Interview

oliver-sacks-last-interviewOliver Sacks, neurologist, and author of many books about mental disorders of all kinds passed away in 2015 at 82. The Last Interview is an extraordinary collection of interviews throughout the years with this personally involved and committed doctor. He gave sparsely interviews upon the launch of new books like Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and numerous The New Yorker articles. For the rest, he preferred executing his profession.

Some of the interviews in this compilation don’t go beyond platitudes, others reveal surprising insights on the close collaboration with Robin Williams for the Awakenings movie, recurring cancer and vision problems in his own life, homosexuality, and discovery people suffering from neurological diseases in remote places. Get to know this brilliant writer from a different point of view than the narrator of amazing case studies.

About the author

Oliver Sacks was born in 1933 in London and was educated at Queen’s College, Oxford. He completed his medical training at San Francisco’s Mount Zion Hospital and at UCLA before moving to New York, where he soon encountered the patients whom he would write about in his book Awakenings. Sacks spent almost fifty years working as a neurologist and wrote many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations, about the strange neurological predicaments and conditions of his patients. Over the years, he received many awards, including honors from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Royal College of Physicians. He died in 2015.

I received a free review copy from the publisher Melville House via Edelweiss.