Monday, July 26, 2010

MUST READ: Dr Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks - Musicophilia - Amnesia and Music

Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and The Island of the Colorblind discusses the story of Clive Wearing, an eminent English musician and musicologist. After contracting a form of encephalitis, Clive was stricken with an acute case of amnesia. His musical ability, however, remained undiminished. The story related in the video comes from Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Dr. Sacks's latest book. For more information, visit or

READ: A Neurologist's Notebook: The Abyss : The New Yorker by Oliver Sacks 09/24/07

In addition to this inability to preserve new memories, Clive had a retrograde amnesia, a deletion of virtually his memory.

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