Oliver Sacks, a professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, and author of many books, passed away on Aug. 30, 2015. A frequent essayist, Dr. Sacks reacted to his terminal diagnosis with this poignant essay. It is a beautiful statement of gratitude and peace with death that we all can appreciate. Read and enjoy.
Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure. – Dr. Oliver Sacks