Here's Robin Williams with Tourette's Syndrome battler Shane Fistell

Oliver Sacks was a physician, best-selling author, professor of neurology at NYU School of Medicine and founder of the Oliver Sacks Foundation. One of his books, Awakenings, was adapted into the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name in 1990, starring Robin Williams.

Dr. Sacks introduced Robin to Tourette's Syndrome battler Shane Fistell at that time. The two discussed the Middle Ages in "Awakenings" research session with Shane.



In 'Oliver Sacks on Tourette Syndrome,' Doc talks about Tourette Syndrome and features Shane. (Tourette's is a neurological disorder that causes motor and vocal tics which vary considerably between individuals and also impulsive behaviours and reduced inhibition (and filtering) of thoughts, movements and sensory input. This may lead to a rapidity and expansiveness of thought processes and reduced reaction times. Obsessions and compulsions are a consistent feature of TS and may involve thoughts, speech and movements such as touchings or evening things up and counting. This portrayal provides a sensitive and insightful perspective - a welcome and more representational alternative to the often simplistic stereotypical media depiction of the disorder which has been responsible for much misunderstanding and distress to sufferers.)







Williams further spoke of Dr. Sacks and of his good friend Christopher Reeve in an interview with that guy.



Which leads us to Shane Fistell: A Portrait of Tourette Syndrome. Director Gloria Kim opens a window into the life of Shane Fistell, a man who has coped with Tourette Syndrome for all of his life.



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