Robin Williams (left) as neurologist Dr. Malcolm Sayer and Robert De Niro as patient Leonard Lowe in “Awakenings.”
Dr. read it. elephant. Daniel Arnett
My Theatrical Awakening in 1994: At the time, British theater magician Peter Brook (96) performed “The Man Who” in Zurich – a piece of the hypnotic episode based on the bestselling book “The Man Who Mistakes His Wife Hat” (1985) The man who mistakenly mistook his wife for a hat) British-American neurologist Oliver Sacks (1933-2015) describes the fate of patients from his daily work A theater of illness Is this possible and how The film adapted from the first movie “Awakenings” achieved Bestseller Saks (1973) with Robert De Niro (77) and Robin Williams (1951-2014) was a huge box office success in 1990.
The book Awakening, which talks about the successful short-term treatment of sleeping patients with the precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine, sparks neurologist interest in later New Yorker author Lawrence Weschler (69). “I first heard of Oliver Sacks in 1974,” Weschler wrote in his newly published autobiography, “Oliver Sacks.” The two become friends and meet regularly. “We meet for dinner two or three nights a week,” Wechsler said. Then he has 15 notebooks full of interviews. Shortly before Sachs died of cancer, due to an eye tumor, he called Weschler and gave him the blessing of this “biographical approach.”
“Portrait,” as the subtitle calls it, is the huge book – sometimes very personal and very detailed. This way we find out which restaurants the two go to eat and that Sacks fills the glass with water before making another statement. But we also read basics about Sacks: about beating up teenage boarding school teachers, outing as a gay 21, terrified mother afterward, daring motorbike rides, arguments with other neurologists and resentment after his successful “awakening.”
A scientist who can write clearly and artistically is questionable in his professional world. For this reason, literary figures embraced Sachs: Susan Sontag (1933-2004) once called him “one of the best English-language writers alive”. Kiss was a well-read man. “Goethe is right when he leaves Faust to say: ‘Gray, my dear friend, all theories … and the golden tree of life is green.'” Wechsler Sachs quotes in the autobiography. It lets him explain his own understanding of writing: “That is why I should give my books the green and gold of phenomena.”
On the other hand, the green-and-yellow Sachs is annoyed by another German writer: “I read ‘The Magic Mountain,'” says Sachs Loechler. “Thomas Mann is increasingly opposed to pills – he stands by disease.” He wrote about pathology and called it life. Rarely The normal is presented in any way other than some form of dullness. “Nothing makes me angry like a philosophy of disease,” says Sacks. Because for all his love for literature, he doesn’t see patients as mere storytellers. First of all, he remains A doctor – his goal is to treat people.
Lawrence Wechsler, “Oliver Sacks – Selfie”, Rohrt
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