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The author of the book: Oliver Sacks
Language: English
Date of issue: February 10th 2016
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En febrero de 2015, Oliver Sacks recibió la noticia de que el melanoma que le habían diagnosticado en el ojo diez años antes había hecho me- tástasis y ahora le afectaba al hígado. Se trataba de un tipo de cáncer con muy pocas opciones de tratamiento, y los médicos le pronosticaron que no le quedaban más de seis meses de vida. A los pocos días escribió el ensayo «De mi propia vida», en el que expresaba su inmenso sentimiento de gratitud por haber tenido una existencia plena tanto en el plano vital como en el intelectual. Poco más de un año antes, había completado su apasionante autobiografía En movimiento. Los cuatro ensayos que forman este volumen componen una suerte de coda a ese libro, una visión panorámica de la vida desde el punto de vista de alguien que encara la muerte con aceptación pero sin renunciar a su deseo de «morir al pie del cañón». En el primero de ellos, «Mercurio», nos habla de las «delicias de la vejez», de ese punto en el que uno es consciente de la fugacidad de la vida, de la belleza, y con ochenta años es capaz de tener una visión de conjunto del fragmento de historia que le ha correspondido. En «De mi propia vida», con una lucidez y una serenidad envidiables, hace balance de una existencia que muchas veces ha sido difícil pero que ha tenido numerosas recompensas: la mayor de ellas, el privilegio y la aventura de vivir. En «Mi tabla periódica», Sacks evoca su afición a las ciencias físicas y a los elementos de la tabla periódica, que ha ido coleccionando a lo largo de los años y que simbolizan la energía que todavía le sustenta. Y en «Sabbat», por último, recoge su complicada relación con la religión de sus padres, el judaísmo, hasta que se reconcilia con la «paz del sabbat, de ese mundo detenido, de ese tiempo fuera del tiempo». Lo que en última instancia nos lega Oliver Sacks en estas páginas es la gratitud del título: a la vida, a sus seres queridos, y a nosotros, los lectores, con quienes a lo largo de más de tres décadas ha mantenido ese diálogo tan especial sólo accesible a los grandes escritores.

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Ebook Gratitud (Argumentos) read Online! Oliver Wolf Sacks, CBE, was a British neurologist residing in the United States, who has written popular books about his patients, the most famous of which is Awakenings, which was adapted into a film of the same name starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.

Sacks was the youngest of four children born to a prosperous North London Jewish couple: Sam, a physician, and Elsie, a surgeon. When he was six years old, he and his brother were evacuated from London to escape The Blitz, retreating to a boarding school in the Midlands, where he remained until 1943. During his youth, he was a keen amateur chemist, as recalled in his memoir Uncle Tungsten. He also learned to share his parents' enthusiasm for medicine and entered The Queen's College, Oxford University in 1951, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in physiology and biology in 1954. At the same institution, he went on to earn in 1958, a Master of Arts (MA) and an MB ChB in chemistry, thereby qualifying to practice medicine.

After converting his British qualifications to American recognition (i.e., an MD as opposed to MB ChB), Sacks moved to New York, where he has lived since 1965, and taken twice weekly therapy sessions since 1966.

Sacks began consulting at chronic care facility Beth Abraham Hospital (now Beth Abraham Health Service) in 1966. At Beth Abraham, Sacks worked with a group of survivors of the 1920s sleeping sickness, encephalitis lethargica, who had been unable to move on their own for decades. These patients and his treatment of them were the basis of Sacks' book Awakenings.

His work at Beth Abraham helped provide the foundation on which the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF), where Sacks is currently an honorary medical advisor, is built. In 2000, IMNF honored Sacks, its founder, with its first Music Has Power Award. The IMNF again bestowed a Music Has Power Award on Sacks in 2006 to commemorate "his 40 years at Beth Abraham and honor his outstanding contributions in support of music therapy and the effect of music on the human brain and mind".

Sacks was formerly employed as a clinical professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at the New York University School of Medicine, serving the latter school for 42 years. On 1 July 2007, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons appointed Sacks to a position as professor of clinical neurology and clinical psychiatry, at the same time opening to him a new position as "artist", which the university hoped will help interconnect disciplines such as medicine, law, and economics. Sacks was a consultant neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor, and maintained a practice in New York City.

Since 1996, Sacks was a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature). In 1999, Sacks became a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences. Also in 1999, he became an Honorary Fellow at The Queen's College, Oxford. In 2002, he became Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Class IV—Humanities and Arts, Section 4—Literature).[38] and he was awarded the 2001 Lewis Thomas Prize by Rockefeller University. Sacks was awarded honorary doctorates from the College of Staten Island (1991), Tufts University (1991), New York Medical College (1991), Georgetown University (1992), Medical College of Pennsylvania (1992), Bard College (1992), Queen's University (Ontario) (2001), Gallaudet University (2005), University of Oxford (2005), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (2006). He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours. Asteroid 84928 Oliversacks, discovered in 2003 and 2 miles (3.2 km) in diameter, has been named in his honor.


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