Gratitude A deeply moving testimony and celebration of how to embrace life In January Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer and he shared this news in a New York Times essay that inspire

  • Title: Gratitude
  • Author: Oliver Sacks
  • ISBN: 9780345811363
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A deeply moving testimony and celebration of how to embrace life.In January 2015, Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer, and he shared this news in a New York Times essay that inspired readers all over the world I cannot pretend I am without fear But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animaA deeply moving testimony and celebration of how to embrace life.In January 2015, Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer, and he shared this news in a New York Times essay that inspired readers all over the world I cannot pretend I am without fear But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure Gratitude consists of four essays that originally appeared in The New York Times, accompanied by a foreword that describes the occasion of each chapter The foreword is written by Billy Hayes, Oliver Sacks s partner, and Kate Edgar, his long time collaborator.

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    About "Oliver Sacks"

    1. Oliver Sacks

      Oliver Wolf Sacks, CBE, was a British neurologist residing in the United States, who has written popular books about his patients, the most famous of which is Awakenings, which was adapted into a film of the same name starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.Sacks was the youngest of four children born to a prosperous North London Jewish couple Sam, a physician, and Elsie, a surgeon When he was six years old, he and his brother were evacuated from London to escape The Blitz, retreating to a boarding school in the Midlands, where he remained until 1943 During his youth, he was a keen amateur chemist, as recalled in his memoir Uncle Tungsten He also learned to share his parents enthusiasm for medicine and entered The Queen s College, Oxford University in 1951, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts BA in physiology and biology in 1954 At the same institution, he went on to earn in 1958, a Master of Arts MA and an MB ChB in chemistry, thereby qualifying to practice medicine.After converting his British qualifications to American recognition i.e an MD as opposed to MB ChB , Sacks moved to New York, where he has lived since 1965, and taken twice weekly therapy sessions since 1966.Sacks began consulting at chronic care facility Beth Abraham Hospital now Beth Abraham Health Service in 1966 At Beth Abraham, Sacks worked with a group of survivors of the 1920s sleeping sickness, encephalitis lethargica, who had been unable to move on their own for decades These patients and his treatment of them were the basis of Sacks book Awakenings.His work at Beth Abraham helped provide the foundation on which the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function IMNF , where Sacks is currently an honorary medical advisor, is built In 2000, IMNF honored Sacks, its founder, with its first Music Has Power Award The IMNF again bestowed a Music Has Power Award on Sacks in 2006 to commemorate his 40 years at Beth Abraham and honor his outstanding contributions in support of music therapy and the effect of music on the human brain and mind.Sacks was formerly employed as a clinical professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at the New York University School of Medicine, serving the latter school for 42 years On 1 July 2007, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons appointed Sacks to a position as professor of clinical neurology and clinical psychiatry, at the same time opening to him a new position as artist , which the university hoped will help interconnect disciplines such as medicine, law, and economics Sacks was a consultant neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor, and maintained a practice in New York City.Since 1996, Sacks was a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature In 1999, Sacks became a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences Also in 1999, he became an Honorary Fellow at The Queen s College, Oxford In 2002, he became Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Class IV Humanities and Arts, Section 4 Literature 38 and he was awarded the 2001 Lewis Thomas Prize by Rockefeller University Sacks was awarded honorary doctorates from the College of Staten Island 1991 , Tufts University 1991 , New York Medical College 1991 , Georgetown University 1992 , Medical College of Pennsylvania 1992 , Bard College 1992 , Queen s University Ontario 2001 , Gallaudet University 2005 , University of Oxford 2005 , Pontificia Universidad Cat lica del Per 2006 He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE in the 2008 Birthday Honours Asteroid 84928 Oliversacks, discovered in 2003 and 2 miles 3.2 km in diameter, has been named in his honor.

    660 thoughts on “Gratitude”

    1. This is a very short book. I had read two of the essays before, this time I got the audio book and listened to them. Sometimes it is a different experience. Just four essays written by Oliver Sacks before he died. All the links are to the essays as they were originally published.The first essay, Mercury or the Joy of Old Age is a brief meditation on what it will mean to him to be very old, 80.The second essay, My Own Life on learning the cancer from his eye has metastised and is now terminal. It [...]


    2. Short but profound reflections on life, aging and confronting sickness and the end of your life with dignity and grace.In an essay called "Mercury", Sacks reflects:"My father, who lived to 94, often said that the 80s had been one of the most enjoyable decades of his life. He felt, as I begin to feel, not a shrinking but an enlargement of mental life and perspective. One has had a long experience of life, not only one’s own life, but others’, too. One has seen triumphs and tragedies, booms an [...]


    3. I listened to this audio yesterday while in the woods. (a gift to the world, by Oliver Sacks)It felt so unflinchingly honest that it hurt.Oliver Sacks was a remarkably accomplished man --His gifts were huge --and his heart even bigger!Sad-tender-and so very beautiful!


    4. This is a set of four short, but beautiful and profound essays by Oliver Sacks. They are reflections on his life, after learning that he was terminally ill. I have read several of his books on neurology, but in this short book I learned about Sacks himself, and his life. I never realized that he was an "elements guy". That is to say, his hobby was learning and collecting elements from the periodic table. And he had a lifelong love for the physical sciences, beyond his career in the biological sc [...]


    5. 5★Even if you’ve never read anything by neurologist Oliver Sacks, I bet you’ve seen the famous movie based on his book Awakenings, with Robin Williams as the Sacks character and Robert de Niro as a patient “awakened” from a catatonic state. /title/tt0099077/Neurology may have been his professional field, but the man was so much more--a naturalist and philosopher, loved by many. Sacks wrote this tiny “quartet of essays” in the last years of his life, the first, Mercury, just before [...]


    6. Oliver Sacks pens these four essays over the span of a few years at different times during his battle with an eye melanoma that metastasized. Short and poignant, these essays really hit home. I can only imagine the lasting legacy they've created for Dr. Sacks. This book is short at only 45 pages and it is interspersed with pictures. What a way to memorialize a person that has been a resounding voice in the written word.


    7. David read this recently and gave it a great big thumbs up, and it inspired me to pick it up also. It's a very small book and came cheap as an ebook, and I finished it easily one night before bed. It consists of four essays that Oliver wrote before his death. From just before his terminal diagnosis to a couple of months before his death. Oliver writes logically and emotionally about a life well-lived. He has a certain profound wisdom that comes from a life with many experiences. And there is no [...]


    8. A short collection of essays, but one that is beautifully written, and perfectly put together. I really appreciated his thoughts on aging, and on morality. It was heavy, but it didn't feel dark or oppressive either. I liked the glimpse it gave me of the author, his thought process, and his understanding of the world. I haven't read anything by him, but he is one of my sister's favorite authors, and after this I have a deep desire to read more.It also inspired me to look up my element year, Krypt [...]



    9. It has been my lot to stand outside stores while family shops. It could be Venice or La Jolla or just back home. Doesn't matter. Leather coats are modeled; children's designer socks are awwwwwwwed at; I stand outside, watching the passing parade of life. But on a recent trip to Seattle I was spared the awkward shuffling of stance by a daughter who finally felt some pity. Or maybe she just worried that I would wander off, being in my dotage years, and it would take too long to recover me. Oh, the [...]



    10. In one of his essays (Mercury) in this book, Oliver Sacks mentioned how the elements and his birthdays had always been intertwined (e.g he would say, "I'm sodium," the element with the atomic number eleven, in his eleventh birthday), and so I borrowed this idea, and used it to write to him this little eulogy:When he was a year old he became hydrogen and he made up galaxies and stars. A year later, he got fused into helium, and made us laugh out loud. At three, he was lithium, and allowed the ion [...]



    11. A touching and very personal sentiment between Oliver Sacks and the world of readers. This is a quick and beautiful read.


    12. I first read the work of neurologist Oliver Sacks when I was in graduate school, and was researching the use of narrative, of storytelling, as a form of inquiry in a range of disciplines. Stories in neurology, the ultimate mystifying brain science? But it made sense to me. There are scientific research and facts, but the way to fully understand these facts is in the context of actual human lives, in anecdote, and biography, and experience. Thus I read The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat that [...]


    13. Um pequeno grande livroP. 28- "As pessoas, quando morrem, não podem ser substituídas. Deixam buracos que não podem ser colmatados, porque é destino de cada ser humano - seu destino genético e neural - ser um indivíduo único, descobrir o seu próprio caminho, viver a sua própria vida, morrer a sua própria morte.Não posso fingir que me sinto sem medo. Mas o meu sentimento predominante é de gratidão. Amei e fui amado; recebi muito e dei alguma coisa em contrapartida; li e viajei e pense [...]


    14. There is nothing I can say about this book- a very brief collection of four essays- besides that it is extraordinarily beautiful, illuminating, thoughtful, and, most of all, lucid. Sacks brings his life to a close within these tiny pages, and it is nothing short of touching. He has the sort of mentality- the unceasing wonder at (and fondness for) the world and the people and creatures on it- that is truly inspiring, and reading his works here one can't help but be a little proud of the human rac [...]


    15. "Non posso fingere di non aver paura. A dominare, però, è un sentimento di gratitudine."Bellissima idea quella di considerare gli anni della propria vita come la tavola degli elementi. 80 - Mercurio, per il primo scritto e un grido: 'I'm glad I'm not dead!'. Quanti di noi possono dire di aver avuto un vero, sincero e profondo 'contatto con il mondo?'Un inno alla gioia.Non vi dirò altro di queste 54 pagine, tranne il fatto che le ho rubate a Figlia, innamorata di Sacks e penso a ragione.Non vi [...]


    16. For the past number of decades, as a reader and a physician and simply as a thoughtful person, I have read Oliver Sacks’ books with interest, pleasure, and appreciation. This present book, a collection of four essays that Sacks wrote in the last three years of his life, three with the knowledge that he was dying, is slight but slight only in its length, not in its wisdom. The gratitude that he expresses as he looks back over his life and his experiences is mirrored by the gratitude of his many [...]


    17. I only pray I handle the end of my life as gracefully as the great Oliver Sacks did, may he rest in peace.




    18. singurul motiv (superficial, asta-i clar) pentru care nu i-am dat cinci stele este ca aceasta carte marturisire este atat de scurta.


    19. A collection of 4 essays Oliver Sacks wrote for The New York Times at the time, before and after he was diagnosed with cancer. I've read the individual essays when they were published, but I'm grateful that I can re-read them again in this book. If there's one person who can convey us how beautiful life is, and how not to fear deathMr. Sacks is the person. All essays are beautifully written and poignant, and worth reading over and over. By the way, I'm Xenon.


    20. This is a simple, yet profound book. It exudes a peacefulness, appreciation for life and gratitude, especially knowing that the end is near.


    21. Sixty pages, and I cried by the end.Not even gonna try to deny it. This was so out of this world. I can't even begin to describe it.One of the things that really touched me was the way mr. Sacks precieved his old age. It's something that I always think about, what I'd feel if I got as old as eighty, and honestly the idea used to fill me with dread. But the amount of grace and gratitude and zest mr. Sacks showed, till the last days of his life are truly remarkable.The last piece was the one that [...]


    22. A beautiful quartet of essays on appreciation and gratitude written in the last two years of his life. I come to his writing at the end and now shall have to go back to the beginning, so poignant, loving, I look forward to knowing his work afresh. The last page moved me to tears.


    23. Hardly a "book" in length. It's 36 minutes on audio, which means around 16 full pages of text. The physical book must have a large text and line spacing. Oliver Sacks passed away last year, age 82, about two years after he learned he had terminal cancer. The four personal essays here each cover a distinct time period and mind set. The first is on his turning 80, before he learned about his cancer. The second is just after he learned about the terminal cancer. And the last was written shortly bef [...]


    24. Last year, when I was struggling at Gates Foundation and unsure of what I wanted to do with my life, I sat down at my neighborhood coffeeshop for a little exercise. I'd come up with four people whose lives inspire me and do some thinking about why that was. Oliver Sacks was one of the four. This was last July. He already knew that he was dying, and he was prolifically turning out essays about his own mortality -- essays that were compiled in this slim book. I had already read three of the four e [...]


    25. This is a short collection of 4 essays, one written before his terminal diagnosis, and 3 written after. Not surprisingly, given the title, his prevailing attitude was one of gratitude. This quote sums it up:"I cannot pretend I am without fear, But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of [...]


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