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The posthumous essays of Oliver Sacks show a remarkable mistrust of modernity

33 essays from the legendary neuroscientist illuminate the depth and breadth of his interests

Oliver Sack's posthumous essays draw on his legendary body of work © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons

Oliver Sacks died in August 2015 at the age of 82, but four years on he still seems prolific. Everything in its Place is his third posthumous work. Given the technological and alienating currents of modern medicine, perhaps we cannot afford to let him go.

A writer’s juvenilia are often uneven and revealing; so is this assortment of “senilia.” The 33 essays—many previously published—draw on Sacks’s legendary professional work as a neurologist,…

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