Everything in Its Place
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Everything in Its Place

First Loves and Last Tales

Oliver SacksKnopf • 2019

Oliver Sacks’s Final Words

by David Meyer

Best-selling neurologist and cultural touchstone Oliver Sacks’s final collection of essays on the fundamental mysteries of the human condition.

The best-selling author, neurologist Oliver Sacks, MD, was a clinical professor of neurology at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 1966 to 2007 and held an appointment at the New York University School of Medicine from 1992 to 2007. In July 2007, he joined the faculty of Columbia University Medical Center as a professor of neurology and psychiatry. 

For decades, Sacks’s insights into neurological conditions helped readers better understand the complexity and variety of the human mind. In this final essay collection, published after his death in 2015, Sacks demonstrates his range and his passion for science. As a child, he delighted in libraries and museums, both of which proved indispensable to his future career path. As a doctor in the New York City area, he treated thousands of patients with neurological conditions. Effortlessly elegant, elegiac and sweeping, Sacks’s last work is a fitting final chapter of a fascinating life.

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