Oliver Sacks is a brilliant british neurologist also author of many bestsellers, including Awakenings (1973) which served as base for the Robert de Niro/Robin Williams movie of the same name.
He is also known for his works on autism, deafness, de Tourette and degenerative cerebral diseases.
The New York Times once described him as "poet laureate of contemporary medicine". Of course, he had faced many criticism from fellow doctors and scientists: it's never easy to defend theories when they go against the tide...Yes, jealousy on his success probably adds to the bill and it's a shame as he's a true humanist and only wants to put the person back in the middle of the equation instead of considering the sick person as just being the vehicle of a anormality or disease.
In this warm clip, Dr Sacks talks about an odd condition called "amusia" which could be described as "musical deafness". The patient is, among other things, unable to recognize familiar melodies and cannot detect wrong or out-of tune notes.
Sounds like some composers you may know ? ;)))