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'Fresh Air' at 20: Neurologist Oliver Sacks

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'Fresh Air' at 20: Neurologist Oliver Sacks

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'Fresh Air' at 20: Neurologist Oliver Sacks

'Fresh Air' at 20: Neurologist Oliver Sacks

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Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks is famously fascinated equally by symptoms and the people who suffer them. Brad Barket/Getty Images hide caption

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Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks is famously fascinated equally by symptoms and the people who suffer them.

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Fresh Air went national in 1987, and we're celebrating that 20th anniversary by revisiting some classic interviews. In this segment: Neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks.

Sacks is probably best known for The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, a case-history collection in which he describes patients struggling to live with a startling array of conditions: Tourette's syndrome, autism, Parkinsonism, musical hallucinations, phantom-limb syndrome, schizophrenia, retardation and Alzheimer's disease.

A recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, Sacks has written nine books, and contributes regularly to The New Yorker. Rebroadcast from Oct. 1, 1987.