Awakenings (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author


Oliver Sacks lives in New York City.

Product Details ISBN-10: 0375704051
ISBN-13: 9780375704055
Published: Vintage, 10/05/1999
Pages: 464
Language: English


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