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Narrative Medicine Rounds: Oliver Sacks


Jun 03, 2009 - 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Armand Hammer Building, Columbia University Medical Center, Room 401

Dr. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author of such books as Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, A Leg to Stand On and Musicophilia, gives the final Narrative Medicine Rounds for 2008-2009. Dubbed the “poet laureate of medicine” by the New York Times, Dr. Sacks will speak on the topic of his next book: hallucinations and the life of the visual brain.From motor cars and chess sets, to people in fanciful headdress and even images of Kermit the Frog, visual hallucinations in people going blind are not born of memory, but are new inventions of the visual brain.

Narrative Medicine Rounds are lectures or readings presented by scholars, clinicians, or writers engaged in work at the interface between narrative and health care. Rounds are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Columbia University Medical Center Faculty Club, followed by a reception. Rounds are free and open to the public. Students, staff, faculty, patients, friends, and interested others are warmly welcome to join us.


Oliver Sacks