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