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Awakenings--which inspired the major motion picture--is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, "awakening" effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and the extraordinary transformations which went with their reintroduction to a changed world.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.18(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.89(d)|
About the Author
Hometown:New York, New York
Date of Birth:1933
Place of Birth:London, England
Education:B.M., B.Ch., Queen's College, Oxford, 1958
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"A remarkable book."
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I usually like only fiction; but this fascinating book about a group of victims of "sleeping sickness" was all the more interesting because not only of the strange disorder, which put the victims into comas lasting decades; but of the anomalies in their temporary "cures" brought about by Dr. Oliver Sacks. If one were writing it as fiction, it would be almost difficult to believe, and yet these case historys are true. Even more compelling is the compassionate care and personal dedication to his patients shown by Dr. Sacks. Small wonder part of the story became the movie film "Awakenings", starring Robin Williams playing the part of Dr. Sacks. Read the entire story in the book, and you will surely be caught up in the story, and the man who dared to bring about near miracles with his methods. I have read all his books now, never being disappointed. An unusual man who explores unusual neurological ailments; Awakenings is one of his best books!
I admire this man!