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, Oliver W.
New York : Vintage Books, 1999
1st Vintage Books ed
xxxix, 408 p.,  p. of plates :,ill., facsims. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility:
Previously published: New York : HarperPerennial, 1990
Branch Call Number:
616.832 S121a 1999
Includes bibliographical references (p. -401) and index
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