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Awakenings

ISBN-10: 0060973684
ISBN-13: 9780060973681
Edition: 1990 (Reprint)
Authors: Oliver Sacks
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

Oliver Wolf Sacks is a neurologist and writer. He was born in London, England on July 9, 1933. Sacks earned his medical degree at Oxford University and performed his internship at Middlesex Hospital in London and Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. He completed his residency at UCLA. In 1965, Sacks became a clinical neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor and Beth Abraham Hospital. He also worked with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Sacks' work in a Bronx charity hospital led him to write the book Awakenings in 1973. The book inspired a play by Harold Pinter and became a film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. Sacks was also elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He also wrote Mind's Eye which made The NewYork Times Bestseller list for 2010.

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Preface to the Original Editionp. xvii
Preface to the 1990 Editionp. xxi
Foreword to the 1990 Editionp. xxv
Prologue
Parkinson's Disease and Parkinsonismp. 3
The Sleeping-Sickness (Encephalitis Lethargica)p. 12
The Aftermath of the Sleeping-Sickness (1927-67)p. 20
Life at Mount Carmelp. 24
The Coming of L-DOPAp. 28
Awakenings
Frances D.p. 39
Magda B.p. 67
Rose R.p. 74
Robert O.p. 88
Hester Y.p. 95
Rolando P.p. 116
Miriam H.p. 128
Lucy K.p. 140
Margaret A.p. 148
Miron V.p. 161
Gertie C.p. 165
Martha N.p. 170
Ida T.p. 176
Frank G.p. 180
Maria G.p. 183
Rachel I.p. 188
Aaron E.p. 190
George W.p. 198
Cecil M.p. 202
Leonard L.p. 203
Perspectives
Perspectivesp. 223
Awakeningp. 235
Tribulationp. 243
Accommodationp. 265
Epilogue (1982)p. 277
Postscript (1990)p. 313
Appendices
A History of the Sleeping-Sicknessp. 319
'Miracle' Drugs: Freud, William James, and Havelock Ellisp. 323
The Electrical Basis of Waakeningsp. 327
Beyond L-DOPAp. 333
Parkinsonian Space and Timep. 339
Chaos and Awakeningsp. 351
Awakenings on Stage and Screenp. 367
Glossaryp. 387
Bibliographyp. 395
Indexp. 402
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