Awakenings

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Awakenings

Oliver W. Sacks

Publisher: Vintage BooksFormat: Paperback

“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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