Awakenings

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Picador, 1991 - Dopa - 408 pages
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‘The story of a disease that plunged its victims into a prison of viscous time, and the drug that catapulted them out of it’ Guardian

Hailed as a medical classic, and the subject of a major feature film as well as radio and stage plays, and various TV documentaries, Awakenings is the extraordinary account of a group of twenty patients. Rendered catatonic by the sleeping-sickness epidemic that swept the world just after the First World War, all twenty had spent forty years in hospital: motionless and speechless; aware of the world around them, but exhibiting no interest in it – until Dr Sacks administered the then-new drug, L-DOPA, which caused them, temporarily, to awake from their decades-long slumber.

‘A brilliant and humane book’ Observer

‘Not only a collection of astonishing case histories, Awakenings is also a memoir, a moral essay and a romance. It is a work of genius’ Washington Post

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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

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About the author (1991)

Oliver Sacks was educated in London, Oxford, California and New York. He is a professor of clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is the author of many books, including the bestselling The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings.

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