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Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Distinguished Lecture Series at Warwick University
Did any of you listen to this live?
I wish I had!
It would have been just up my street but unfortunately the holidays do not start until next week. Actually I did not know about it. If I had I think I may have made a flying visit for what would have been an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity.
It is lovely to listen to Dr Oliver Sacks talking about the importance of story-telling in his life and especially the importance of house visits in order to see the world that people live in.
It is also lovely to listen to Dr Sacks talking with such enthusiasm in his very English voice about learning in a hands-on way and in a relationship. So conductive! He talks about discovering who the people are that he treated throughout his life, always so important for him before he could treat them.
He described a wonderful insight into migraine, recalling a story about a patient whose decks were cleared for creativity by the migraines he suffered and taking the tablets to prevent them removed for this one patient the opportunity for a creative spurt of work. I know this feeling and when I have read Dr Sacks before and now hear him describing this I am reassured that the pain of that weekend migraine is worth it sometimes to have that creative spell the following day.
He described how it was through his early work with migraine patients that he became passionate about recording case studies. He continued the family tradition of telling medical stories. He continued throughout his live building relationships with his patients so he could tell his stories.
How wonderful to listen to someone, my inspiration, imparting such important information in such a wonderful “let me tell you a story” way.
Oh, how I wish I that I heard this live and even to have dared ask some questions, but it is in some ways even better to have the means to listen to it online as often as I wish. I find it so inspiring and will, I am sure, soon get back to writing “short stories” of my own on my blog and for my books.
Dr Oliver Sacks - 'Narrative and Medicine: The Importance of the Case History'
Posted by Susie Mallett at 22:36
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Oh dear, I wish that I had known in advance too. It is not that far and I should certainly have gone.
It would have been interesting to see whether the evidence-basers were genuflecting there. Or whether his whoopsier fans recognised that his is hard science too. In a different 'Romantic' paradigm.
Keep up the good work,
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