"Every act of perception," Edelman writes, "is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination.
Although it's up to me as a neurologist to diagnose the disease and to think in therapeutic terms, I always want to address the person as much as the disease, and I'm very glad my own doctor feels similarly. I'm not just a case to him, I'm a person responding to the situation. So I somehow sit between the biology and the humanist point of view.
Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.
Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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