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Oliver Sacks

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Gratitude, by Oliver Sacks, is a series of introspective essays addressing the relationship between gratitude and impending death.




by Oliver Sacks


The late Dr. Oliver Sacks is known for his work as a neurologist and writer. While his previous bestselling books focus on case studies of patients with neurological disorders, his collection of short essays, Gratitude, which was published posthumously in 2015, speaks to a much more personal matter.

In 2005, Sacks was diagnosed with melanoma in his right eye, leaving him partially blind and eventually resulting in metastasis in his liver. Gratitude encapsulates Sacks' thoughts on aging and eventually living with a terminal diagnosis.

Sacks lived until the age of 82. His personal essays were all written in his later years, along with 'Sabbath,' which was published in his final days. Throughout the book, Sacks speaks to the beauty of appreciation and how lucky we are to exist in a space where we can love and be loved.

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​​I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.

- Oliver Sacks

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