Short Essay Answer Key
1. What is Sacks's attitude towards his patients?
Sacks sees his patients as heroes and as real people deserving respect. He attempts to tell their stories with a feeling for the romance and struggle that his patients endure. He make a genuine effort to treat them with respect despite their disabilities.
2. Sacks claims that he is trying to mix two different parts of his personality. Which two parts are these and how does he attempt to mix them?
The two parts of Sacks' personality are his identity as a clinician and as a romantic. The clinician in his is a neuroscientist and studies neurological defects in him. The romantic in him focuses on the personal struggles of his patients. He attempts to mix them by creating heroic narratives for his patients while interspersing neurological explanations.
3. Why does it matter to Sacks that he tell...
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