Awakenings

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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.

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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.

Case histories of victims of "sleeping sickness" & their recovery; basis for the recent film.

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Author Oliver Sacks
Publisher Vintage Books
Page Count 464pp
Publication Size 5 x 8
Publication Notes trade paperback
Publication Date October 1999
ISBN 978-0-375-70405-5

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