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Awakenings
Author: Oliver W Sacks

ISBN: 9780375704055
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 5 October 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.07 x 12.95 x 2.29
Description:
"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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