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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
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

& Taylor

A compassionate, literary account describes the author's work with institutionalized patients at Mount Carmel hospital and the dramatic effects of the drug LDOPA on twenty patients suffering from encephalitic Parkinsonism. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1999
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780375704055
Branch Call Number: 616.832 SAC
Characteristics: xxxix, 408 p. : ill. ; 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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