The strange case of Dr Oliver Sacks (RCPsych Congress 2017)


Why do people choose psychiatry as a career? Why do others avoid it? Professor Anthony David explores these questions using writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks’ life story. In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor David following his keynote lecture at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ International Congress 2017 on The strange case of Dr Oliver Sacks.


Date published: 21 July 2017

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Anthony David

Audio running time: 27 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • factors affecting the current recruitment crisis in psychiatry


  • the difference between neurology and psychiatry in terms of treatment outcomes


  • the appeal of Sacks' writing in terms of attracting people to psychiatry.


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