Wisdom About Life

This week I selected a quote from Oliver Sacks. Dr. Sacks is a neurologist and author. I read his book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and I recommend it if you’re interested in neurological or psychological case studies. I enjoy Dr. Sacks’ writing because he writes with compassion for his patients. He makes it clear that there is more to gain from case studies than solely scientific knowledge. As a social worker in the healthcare field, I especially know this to be true. On a daily basis patients teach me about spirituality, the role of family and social support, meaning-making, quality of life vs. quantity of life, and death. The wisdom patients impart to me, purposefully or not, has been my greatest source of learning, and for that I am grateful.

“In examining disease, we gain wisdom about anatomy and physiology and biology. In examining the person with the disease, we gain wisdom about life.” – Oliver Sacks

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