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Veteran Neurologist Oliver Sacks Reveals He Has Terminal Liver Cancer

by Vishnuprasad on February 21, 2015 at 7:53 PM
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Veteran Neurologist Oliver Sacks Reveals He Has Terminal Liver Cancer

Veteran Neurologist Oliver Sacks has disclosed his diagnosis in an op-ed in the New York Times titled "My Own Life."

The author of several books on brain conditions including "Awakenings" and "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and The Brain," said a rare eye tumor that left him blind in one eye nine years ago has metastasized and now occupies a third of his liver.

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"It is up to me now to choose how to live out the months that remain to me. I have to live in the richest, deepest, most productive way I can," Sacks wrote.

The 81 year old cited the essay, also called "My Own Life," that philosopher David Hume wrote in 1776 when he learned of his own terminal illness.
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"I now reckon upon a speedy dissolution. I have suffered very little pain from my disorder; and what is more strange, have, notwithstanding the great decline of my person, never suffered a moment's abatement of my spirits. I possess the same ardour as ever in study, and the same gaiety in company," he says.



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