Famed Neurologist Oliver Sacks has Died at 82

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From the BBC News Service:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34102119

Here's an article about Dr Sacks:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Sacks

His 1973 book Awakenings, an autobiographical account of his efforts to help people with encephalitis lethargica regain proper neurological function, was adapted into the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name in 1990 starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. He and his book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain were the subject of "Musical Minds", an episode of the PBS series Nova. In 2008 Sacks was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to literature.[3]
 
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Sad.

He wrote many great books - Uncle Tungsten, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
 
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He was a frequent contributor to the NPR show Radiolab. In one episode they talked about his inability to recognize faces and in another about his obsession with the periodic table. Apparently, he had numerous periodic table charts placed everywhere in his home from pillows to bedspreads to wall hangings.

Prosopagnosia

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91967-strangers-in-the-mirror/

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/30/face-blind

and periodic tableism:

http://www.radiolab.org/story/archives-oliver-sacks-table-elements/
 

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