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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

July 9th, 2002

English-born American science writer Oliver Sacks (Awakenings, 1973) is born in 1933 in London.

Oliver Sacks, b. July 9, 1933

The American-based English neurologist has revolutionized the treatment of the ill with his deeply humane and anti-mechanistic view of health and disease. His method, both scientific and metaphysical, is devoted to treating the individual, not the statistic, and his books’ many digressions (literary, philosophical, musical) shed amazing light on conditions little understood. His luminous, suggestive prose persuaded Columbia University, where he teaches, to honor him in 2007 with the title of Columbia Artist, its first-ever such designation.

Selected Reading Books Migraine, 1970, rev. 1992. Awakenings, 1973, rev. 1990. A Leg to Stand On, 1984. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, 1985. Seeing Voices, 1989. An Anthropologist on Mars, 1995. The Island of the Colorblind, 1997. Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood, 2001. Oaxaca Journal, 2002. Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, 2007.

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