Oliver Sacks: What The Scientist Taught Us By Humanizing Neurology
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Acclaimed neurologist and author Oliver Sacks is a unique figure in both the science community and the literary world. His work stands on the border of empirical, scientific reporting and subjective, narrative accounts of his patients. While his works have drawn immense praise from intellectuals across disciplines, they have also been the subject of criticism. Academics in the science community have criticized his narrative style for being qualitative instead of quantitative and personal instead of observational, while academics in the humanities have accused him of exploiting his patients. This thesis examines Sacks’s works and evaluates how he reconciled the sciences and the humanities through his writing. His publications and criticisms of them were used to assess his contributions to the humanities, to the sciences, and to general readers, and to determine his legacy.