"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
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Reviewed Jan 2005
I loved the movie and have been looking for the book. Found it this xmas season while shopping for presents. The movie is based on events in the book, the story line is a bit stretched. Sacks writes case studioes of 20 patients, detailing their illness before and after L-DOPA. As with his other book "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" he speaks as a doctor not as a novelist, making the reading difficult at times. I know I skipped over hundreds of words I would never be able to pronounce.
The stories of these patients and their wasted lives is overwhelmingly sad, to be frozen, dependent on others and in many cases abandoned by family is horrific. I was confused at times to read that many of the patients could speak and understood some of what was happening around them. In the movie this isn't true. The patients upon awakening teach the staff and family that they are real people with frustrations and desires unique to themselves.
Almost more sad were the underlying problems at the hospital. Programs cut, visitors discouraged, staff cut back...ect...which leads to horrible consequences. Severe depression and resentment also several deaths due to bedsores. I would like to think my boys would show an interest in this, maybe learning compassion and learning about human spirit and the will to survive.
Review: AwakeningsUser Review - Becky - Goodreads
I read this because I loved the movie, though I last saw it about 10 years ago, so I didn't remember it very well. The book is a true account of a doctor who used dopamine to treat catatonic patients ... Read full review
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Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness
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