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Sacks, Oliver W. (Paperback - 1990)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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. Book jacket.
Authors: Sacks, Oliver W.
Title: Awakenings
Published: New York : HarperPerennial, 1990.
Characteristics: 408 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: "First Perennial Library edition"--T.p. verso.
Originally published: London : Duckworth, 1973.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 0060973684
Branch Call Number: 616.832/SAC
Statement of Responsibility: Oliver Sacks
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Postencephalitic Parkinson's disease Case studies. Epidemic encephalitis Complications and sequelae Case studies. Dopa Therapeutic use Case studies.
Topical Term: Postencephalitic Parkinson's disease
Epidemic encephalitis
LCCN: 90004914
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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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