One of my favorite topics in the field of psychology is the true story of an attempt by neurologist Oliver Sacks to help people suffering from a never-before-seen disease called Encephalitis Lethargica (Sleepy Sickness).
Sacks' book about this, "Awakenings," quickly became a best seller and was later made into a motion picture by the same title (with some liberties taken in the subplots) starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.
Sacks also wrote books such as:
and a number of other books, each of which chronicles true stories of people with bizarre and interesting neurological disorders. Rather than presenting his patients' stories as "freak shows," Sacks details each with compassion and respect, while also providing a glimpse into the fascinating and mind-boggling complexities of the human brain.
Watch an interview with Dr. Sacks below (fully captioned):
For a more complete listing of Sacks' books as well as some information on his personal and professional life, click here.