Sacks, Oliver W.

Book - 1999
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1999
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 0375704051
Branch Call Number: 616.832 S121a 1999
Characteristics: xxxix, 408 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., facsims. ;,21 cm


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Feb 21, 2012
  • slottino rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a really intense story of an epidemic I never knew existed in US history. Be prepared to read about unspeakable and immense suffering, with only moderate release. Dr. Sacks should be sainted for the work he has done with these patients. That said, I will definitely check out the documentary and movie that were based on this book.


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