Awakenings by Oliver SacksAwakenings by Oliver Sacks


byOliver Sacks

Paperback | November 13, 2008

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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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Oliver Sacks is the author of Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and many other books, for which he has received numerous awards, including the Hawthornden Prize, a Polk Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in New York City, where he is a practicing ne...
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Title:AwakeningsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.17 × 0.92 inPublished:November 13, 2008Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307398153

ISBN - 13:9780307398154

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"One of the most beautifully composed and moving works of our time." —The Washington Post"Compulsively readable. . . . Dr. Sacks writes beautifully and with exceptional subtlety and penetration into both the state of mind of his patients and the nature of illness generally. . . . A brilliant and humane book." —A. Alvarez, The Observer"[Sacks] opens to the reader doors of perception generally passed through only by those at the far borders of human experience." —The Boston Globe"A masterpiece." —W. H. Auden