1969. Dr. Malcolm Sayer is hired as a clinical physician at a psychiatric hospital in the Bronx, despite he only having a research background. The job is not ideal on his side as he has difficulties relating to people which is the reason he has focused on research projects not involving human subjects, while the hospital hires him somewhat out of desperation in not finding anyone else with the qualifications who wants the job. Most of his patients are in a semi-catatonic state and are housed in what some of the orderlies coin the "garden" ward, where all they can do for the patients is water and feed them. He notices that some of the patients, despite their generally catatonic state, respond in unusual ways to certain stimuli. In doing some research, he also finds that some common bonds between these patients are that they suffered from encephalitis in the 1920s or 1930s, and that their physical states are like they have Parkinson's disease frozen in time. As such, he is able to ... Written by
There is no such thing as a simple miracle.
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has been fictionalized into an American neurosurgeon named Malcolm Sayer. However, Robin Williams
's portrayal actually bears a very close physical resemblance to the real Dr. Sacks, as he was in the 1960s. (Contributed on the day of Dr. Sacks' passing.) See more
Car window when Dr. Sayer is sitting inside talking to Nurse Costello. See more
You told him I was a kind man. How kind is it to give life, only to take it away?
It's given to and taken away from all of us.
Why does that not comfort me?
Because you are a kind man. Because he's your friend.
Sing, Sing, Sing
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