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Describes the author's work with institutionalized patients at Mount Carmel Hospital and the dramatic effects of the drug L-DOPA on twenty patients suffering from encephalitic Parkinsonism.
A series of case studies of some of the people who developed a sleeping-sickness after World War I and remained in a sleep state until given the drug L-Dopa. Also describes their lives, the transformation after awakening, and then describes parts of the film made from these case studies. -- Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1999
Edition: 1st Vintage books ed
ISBN: 9780375704055
Branch Call Number: 616.832 S121a 1999
Characteristics: xxxix, 408 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Mar 28, 2017

I thought I should finally read this book since it was the inspiration for my favorite movie. However, the two are VERY different. The book is presented as individual case studies whereas the movie is more about the various individuals under Dr. Sacks' care within the same institution. The book feels very clinical and detached. The movie makes you really FEEL and connect with various patients and their families.

Feb 21, 2012

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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