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Awakenings

Awakenings

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By (author) Oliver W Sacks

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 25mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 5 October 1999
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375704051
  • ISBN 13: 9780375704055
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 10 PAGES B&W PHOTOS
  • Sales rank: 62,869

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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.

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Oliver Sacks lives in New York City.

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"[Sacks] opens to the reader doors of perception generally passed through only by those at the far borders of human experience".-- The Boston Globe

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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 trancelike 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.

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"One of the most beautifully composed and moving works of our time." --"The Washington Post "Compulsively readable. . . . Dr. Sacks writes beautifully and with exceptional subtlety and penetration into both the state of mind of his patients and the nature of illness generally. . . . A brilliant and humane book." --A. Alvarez, "The Observer 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. "[Sacks] opens to the reader doors of perception generally passed through only by those at the far borders of human experience." --"The Boston Globe "A masterpiece." --W. H. Auden