Awakenings
ISBN: 0375704051
EAN13: 9780375704055
Language: English
Publication Date: October 5, 1999
Pages: 464
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 7.90" L x 5.10" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview
With compassion and insight, the doctor who inspired the major motion picture Awakenings offers a collection of astonishing case histories . . . A work of genius (The Washington Post). of illustrations.
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From the Back Cover 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.
From the front Cover 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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