Oliver Sacks was a physician, best-selling essayist, and a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. Referred to by one critic as “the poet laureate of medicine,” Sacks was best known for his collections of essays on neurological case histories, including The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain and An Anthropologist on Mars. Awakenings, his book about a group of patients who had survived the great encephalitis epidemic of the early twentieth century, inspired a feature film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. Dr. Sacks was a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. He died from cancer at the age of 82.