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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 52 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 28, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UKDXW7A
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To say that he has lived life to the fullest would be a severe understatement; he has filled his life with enough adventure and excitement to occupy four lifetimes, and he is still going (and may he continue to do so for many years, in spite of his cancer). His openness and honesty in "On the Move" is spectacular, moving, and one feels as though he is having a fireside conversation with Sacks himself. There is so much I never knew about him, so much that I almost found hard to believe! (You'll understand this as you read through the book). What a man, what a life!
As a student who will be starting his first year at medical school this August, I can say that I aspire to be half the man that Oliver Sacks has become. He is part of the reason that I have fallen even more in love with the medical field, particularly neurology and psychiatry. There is much to learn from this book, regardless of one's profession, interests, and background. There is so much more to say, but I'm no wordsmith as Sacks is, so I'll let you read it for yourself. It is my hope that you enjoy every page, sentence, and carefully crafted word that Oliver Sacks has used to print his life onto paper. As Albert Schweitzer said, "my life is my argument," and no doubt Sacks will embody this message until the end.
Paul Halpern, author of Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics
As a migraine sufferer, I too was both frightened and fascinated by my visual auras. I always felt a little crazy admitting or describing them, until I picked up Sacks' "Migraine" in high school and flipped through the pages upon pages of elegantly drawn visual auras and the accompanying descriptions. As a med student, I was impressed by Sacks' ability to write popular science books in the field of neurology, a skill which perhaps is only rivaled by those greats such as Steven Hawking, Isaac Asimov, and the like. To read Sacks' account of what motivated him to write the book and the challenges he faced in doing so only made me appreciate it more.
As a neurologist, I found a lot to relate to here: particular passages of interest were his approach to migraines, and his feeling as though he was "not like a super-specialist in migraine but like the general practitioner these patients should have seen to begin with. I felt it my business, my responsibility, to enquire about every aspect of their lives." Any neurologist who cares for migraine patients would relay the complex entanglement between sleep, stress, caffeine habits, and medical comorbidities to patients' migraine disorders. He also writes eloquently and relatably about the intersection between neurology and psychiatry and the importance of realizing a holistic, multifaceted approach.
But most of all, what I enjoyed about this book, was that it tears down the stereotypes of what a traditional 'neurologist' is. Many of us have the picture of the neurologist as the straitlaced, nerdy physician with the briefcase full of tools and a very bookish approach (and I am a neurologist). The image of the artistic, motorbike riding, poetry-appreciating young neurologist with a rebellious, inquisitive streak is satisfying because it shows who a neurologist can be -- an artist, a bodybuilder, a traveler, a writer. Sacks' memoir paints the picture of a life well-lived, well-enjoyed, and well-spent; he spent his life not dwelling on limitations of science but savoring scientific inquiry, by pursuing purpose and possibility. I hope his book inspires the artists to appreciate the beauty and subtlety of science, and the scientists to appreciate the emotion and abstraction of art. It certainly inspired me.