Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks 'humanised illness'

THERE was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat.

Those stories and many more, taking the reader to the distant ranges of human experience, came from the pen of Dr Oliver Sacks.

Sacks, 82, died on Sunday at his home in New York City.

In February, he had announced that he was terminally ill with a rare eye cancer that had spread to his liver.

As a practising neurologist, Sacks looked at some of his

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