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Dr. Oliver Sacks: The Man Who Shed Light upon Rare Conditions with Compassion

By Meghana Giridhar
September 1

Dr. Oliver Wolf Sacks, world renowned neurologist and author, passed away on August 30th at the age of 82 from metastasized ocular cancer. Dr. Sacks was a physician and a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. He is best known for writing best-selling case histories of unusual medical conditions. His neurological case histories, including “The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat”, “Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain” and “An Anthropologist on Mars” provided information in a unique format with vivid narrative details about patient experiences and how they handled illnesses. “Awakenings”, his book about a group of patients who had survived the great encephalitis lethargic epidemic of the early twentieth century, inspired the 1990 Academy Award-nominated feature film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. His books shed light on how the brain deals with perception, memory and personality. Dr. Sacks also held the position of “Columbia Artist” at Columbia University and was hailed as “the poet laureate of contemporary medicine” by The New York Times.  In his book, “Seeing Voices”, he examined the word of deaf people and sign language as also color blindness in “The Island of the Colorblind”. His autobiography, “On the Move: A Life” was released in May 2015. He is the awardee of several honorary degrees and was made a CBE in 2008 in the Queen's Birthday Honors. Dr. Sacks will always be remembered not only for his scientific discipline but his fearless insight into rare conditions and more importantly his capacity for deep compassion for everyone around him. Meghana Giridhar serves as Content Manager and is part of eCareDiary's founding team. In her role, she oversees and edits content across all of eCareDiary's media platforms.

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What You Should Know Before Hospitalization

September 29

eCareDiary will speak to Melissa Kahn, Founder of Kahn Healthcare Consulting and author of The Personal Healthcare Passport about things to prep for and list of important documents to get ready before hospitalization.

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