Awakenings

Oliver Sacks

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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.

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ISBN – 9780375704055
Publisher – Knopf Doubleday Publishing Gro
Format – Paperback
Publication Date – 05/10/1999
Dimensions – 202mm X 131mm
Categories – Brains and Well-Being

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\”Illuminate s] the complexities of the human brain and the mysteries of the human mind.\” —The New York Times

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