Oliver Sacks Summary

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  • 10 Literature Criticisms
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Essays & Analysis (10)

664 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Christiansen offers a mixed assessment of Seeing Voices. Oliver Sacks begins his book [Seeing Voices] by issuing several disclaimers: he isn't deaf, he doesn't s... Read more
3,867 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following essay, Hunter analyzes the dichotomy of the nurturing doctor/doctor as authority figure in Sacks's work. Hold the physician in honor for he is essential to you, and God it was ... Read more
3,305 words, approx. 12 pages
In the following interview, Sacks discusses his interest in disease and treatment, his writing process, and the influence of W. H. Auden on his life and work. [Lazar]: One thing that comes up in your ... Read more
5,486 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, Diamond finds The Island of the Colorblind an insightful and well-written “account of patients with two neurological disorders but also of island plants, islands as labo... Read more
1,432 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Hanlon argues that “despite the charm of much of its narrative and the fluidity of its prose, Island of the Colorblind remains little more than another travel account o... Read more
2,913 words, approx. 10 pages
In the following essay, Cassuto explores Sacks's representation of the disabled, arguing that he tends to imbue his case studies with aspects of the freak show. The historic problem in represen... Read more
1,994 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following interview, Cochran identifies the search for truth as the central concern of Sacks's writings. At first, the famous neurologist and author Oliver Sacks hangs back like a shy an... Read more
794 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following essay, Christ offers a brief profile of Sacks's life and literary career. A man walks into a bar carrying a spectroscope. The punch line? There isn't one—this is ... Read more
8,207 words, approx. 28 pages
In the following essay, Wiltshire provides a survey of Sacks's writings and attributes his success to his “capacity to turn deficits into wonders.” ‘Neurology's Favo... Read more
5,759 words, approx. 20 pages
In the following essay, McRae traces the origins of Sacks's “neurology of identity,” a term given to his treatment of neurological patients as individuals. It is impossible not to... Read more