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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.

Review:

"One of the most beautifully composed and moving works of our time." The Washington Post

Review:

"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

Review:

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

Review:

"A masterpiece." W. H. Auden

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

"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

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [395]-401) and index.

About the Author

Oliver Sacks lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375704055
Author:
Sacks, Oliver
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Sacks, Oliver W.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Medical
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
Critical Care
Subject:
Coma
Subject:
Dopa.
Subject:
Epidemic encephalitis.
Subject:
Postencephalitic Parkinson's disease
Subject:
Epidemic encephalitis - Complications
Subject:
Psychology-Mind and Consciousness
Subject:
psychology;science;neurology;non-fiction;medicine;neuroscience;medical;psychiatry;memoir;case studies;brain;cognitive science;health;sleeping sickness;encephalitis;history;disease;essays;popular science;20th century;mind;fiction;oliver sacks;mental illnes
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
6130
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 PAGES BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
7.97x5.20x.97 in. .90 lbs.

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Product details 464 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375704055 Reviews:
"Review" by , "One of the most beautifully composed and moving works of our time."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[Sacks] opens to the reader doors of perception generally passed through only by those at the far borders of human experience."
"Review" by , "A masterpiece."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , "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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