With the sad news today of the death of noted Neurologist and Writer Oliver Sacks, I ran across this interview from the NPR series Fresh Air, hosted by Terry Gross. Sacks is interviewed in 2012 on the occasion of the release of his then-latest work Hallucinations – which was a follow up to his previous book; The Mind’s Eye.
Sacks discusses his own use of mind-altering and hallucinogenic drugs during the 1960 and his fascination with the effects produced by them.
Oliver Sacks came to universal attention with the book The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, as well as his 1973 book Awakenings, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams.
He passed away earlier today (August 30) at the age of 82 from a long bout with ocular Melanoma.
Here is that interview with Terry Gross of Fresh Air, November 6, 2012.