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Oliver Sacks
(9 Jul 1933 - 30 Aug 2015)

English neurologist and writer.


Science Quotes by Oliver Sacks (5 quotes)

If migraine patients have a common and legitimate second complaint besides their migraines, it is that they have not been listened to by physicians. Looked at, investigated, drugged, charged, but not listened to.
— Oliver Sacks
Quoted by Walter Clemons, 'Listening to the Lost', Newsweek (20 Aug 1984).
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Nature gropes and blunders and performs the crudest acts. There is no steady advance upward. There is no design.
— Oliver Sacks
As quoted in Bob Fenster, Duh!: The Stupid History of the Human Race (2000) , 208. [No other source was found by Webmaster. If you have information on a primary source, please contact Webmaster.]
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Scheele, it was said, never forgot anything if it had to do with chemistry. He never forgot the look, the feel, the smell of a substance, or the way it was transformed in chemical reactions, never forgot anything he read, or was told, about the phenomena of chemistry. He seemed indifferent, or inattentive, to most things else, being wholly dedicated to his single passion, chemistry. It was this pure and passionate absorption in phenomena—noticing everything, forgetting nothing—that constituted Scheele's special strength.
— Oliver Sacks
Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood (2001), 44.
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Sign language is the equal of speech, lending itself equally to the rigorous and the poetic, to philosophical analysis or to making love.
— Oliver Sacks
In The Times (16 Jun 1994).
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There is only one cardinal rule: One must always listen to the patient.
— Oliver Sacks
Quoted by Walter Clemons, 'Listening to the Lost', Newsweek (20 Aug 1984).
Science quotes on:  |  Cardinal (9)  |  Diagnosis (65)  |  Listen (78)  |  Medicine (383)  |  Must (1525)  |  Patient (205)  |  Physician (281)  |  Rule (299)


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