Watch the best of Oliver Sacks

24 June 2013

The late, great Dr Oliver Sacks spent almost fifty years working as a neurologist and wrote many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, Hallucinations, and his memoir, On the Move, which was published shortly before his death in August 2015. Watch these videos of him discussing the areas of neurology he addresses in his many works of non-fiction.

Face blindness

In this clip, Dr Sacks discusses the condition commonly known as face blindness – the difficulty some people have in recognising faces, even of those closest to them. This is a condition that he himself suffers from, and one he goes on to explore further in his book The Mind’s Eye.


Brainworms are songs that get stuck in your head and just won’t leave. In his book Musicophilia, Sacks looks at the potential causes of these hallucinations, and why they seem to be restricted to the auditory system.

Music and amensia recovery

Are you interested in how music can aid amnesiacs in the recovery process, as well as instilling them with a new sense of purpose? This is something Sacks explores in more detail in his book Musicophilia.


In this TED talk, Oliver Sacks addresses hallucinations experienced by the visually impaired, discussing the biology behind it, and the often amusing and heart-warming case studies of those who experience them. As someone who is blind in one eye, this is something that he has a personal interest in, and an issue he investigates in his book Hallucinations.

The River of Consciousness

The River of Consciousness

Two weeks before his death, Oliver Sacks outlined the contents of The River of Consciousness, the last book he would oversee. In this book, his final, Sacks takes on evolution, botany, chemistry, medicine, neuroscience, and the arts, and calls upon his great scientific and creative heroes—above all, Darwin, Freud, and William James. For Sacks, these thinkers were constant companions from an early age; the questions they explored—the meaning of evolution, the roots of creativity, and the nature of consciousness—lie at the heart of science and of this book. 

The River of Consciousness, the final work by Oliver Sacks is published in Hardback and Ebook on 19th October 2017 with the audiobook publishing later in 2017. 

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