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.
Sacks, Oliver W.
New York : HarperPerennial, 1990.
408 p. ;,21 cm.
"First Perennial Library edition"--T.p. verso.
Originally published: London : Duckworth, 1973.
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