Awakenings

Awakenings by Oliver Sacks 0375704051 9780375704055
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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

Author: Oliver Sacks

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 464

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 1999-10-05


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