Just a quick reminder to watch the season premiere of NOVA tonight on PBS. It features Oliver Sacks and a few of the patients described in Musicophilia, including Tony Cicoria, an orthopedic surgeon who became obsessed with classical piano after being struck by lightning. I found the show quite compelling – NOVA was kind enough to send me a preview DVD – so be sure to tune in. For me, the most affecting story was that of Matt Giordano, who suffers from a severe case of Tourette’s syndrome. Matt is hard to watch, if only because his ordinary movements are constantly being interrupted by tics and twitches. Fortunately, Matt has discovered a temporary cure for his Tourette’s: drumming. When he’s playing on the drums, the spasms disappear, and Matt is able to execute movement with an uncanny sense of timing.
Bonus video: Dr. Sacks on The Daily Show:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|