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FILE - This is a Nov. 26, 2008 file photo of Dr Oliver Sacks, receiving his Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE ), by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, London. Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes bizarre neurological conditions, has died. He was 82 .Sacks died Sunday at his home in New York City, his assistant, Kate Edgar, said. (Lewis Whyld/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

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Dr. Oliver Sacks speaks about Alzheimer's disease to an audience at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn, in this Oct. 26, 2005, file photo. Sacks, a neurologist and writer, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (Johnathon Henninger/Connecticut Post via AP, File)

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Oliver Sacks’ second book, “Awakenings,” was adapted into a 1990 movie starring Robin Williams (left) and Robert De Niro. (Columbia Pictures)

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Oliver Sacks is the best-selling author of many books about the mysteries and marvels of the human mind, including “Hallucinations,” his 12th, which explores the various ways in which we may viscerally experience worlds that, ultimately, do not exist. The New York Times once dubbed Mr. Sacks “the poet laureate of medicine.” (BBC via Associated Press)

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Oliver Sacks’ second book, “Awakenings,” was adapted into a 1990 movie starring Robin Williams (left) and Robert De Niro. (Columbia Pictures)

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Book cover for "Hallucinations" by Oliver Sacks.