Awakenings

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Knopf Canada, Mar 4, 2011 - Psychology - 464 pages
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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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User Review  - fearless2012 - LibraryThing

I think that Sacks makes alot of his attempts to make this great humanistic piece, instead of dreary impersonal medical/scientific writing, but, well, anything can be billed as humanistic, but that ... Read full review

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User Review  - William345 - LibraryThing

The crux of the book is the work Sacks began in the mid-1960s with dozens of post-encephalitic patients at Bronx's Beth Abraham hospital, then called the Bronx Home for Incurables and disguised here ... Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Photo Insert
PREFACE TO THEORIGINAL EDITION
PREFACE TO THE1990 EDITION
FOREWORD TO THE1990 EDITION
Prologue
Awakenings
ROLANDO P
FRANK G
MARIA G
RACHEL I
AARON E87
GEORGE W90
CECIL M92
LEONARD L
Perspectives

MIRIAM H
LUCY K
MARGARET A
MIRON V
GERTIE C
MARTHA N
IDA T
EPILOGUE 1982
POSTSCRIPT 1990
Appendices
GLOSSARY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Oliver Sacks is the author of Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and many other books, for which he has received numerous awards, including the Hawthornden Prize, a Polk Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in New York City, where he is a practicing neurologist. He recently accepted a new position at Columbia University.


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