Oliver Sacks is a living legend, one of the most respected neurologists in the field. His 1973 book Awakenings chronicled the life histories of patients with Encephalitis lethargica or “sleepy sickness” and their subsequent treatment. The book marked an important scicnetic breakthrough in understanding mental illness and in particular catatonia.
In this video, from a series “Desktop Diaries” from ScienceFriday.com, Oliver explains his scared work place. Filled with precious metals and child like trinkets, it is a rare and refreshing glimpse inside the thoughts of a true genius.