Awakenings

ISBN-10: 0375704051
ISBN-13: 9780375704055
Edition: 1999
Authors: Oliver Sacks
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/5/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

"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 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. "[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

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.

Acknowledgments
Preface to the Original Edition
Preface to the 1990 Edition
Foreword to the 1990 Edition
Prologue
Parkinson's Disease and Parkinsonism
The Sleeping-Sickness (Encephalitis Lethargica)
The Aftermath of the Sleeping-Sickness (1927-67)
Life at Mount Carmel
The Coming of L-DOPA
Awakenings
Frances D.
Magda B.
Rose R.
Robert O.
Hester Y.
Rolando P.
Miriam H.
Lucy K.
Margaret A.
Miron V.
Gertie C.
Martha N.
Ida T.
Frank G.
Maria G.
Rachel I.
Aaron E.
George W.
Cecil M.
Leonard L.
Perspectives
Perspectives
Awakening
Tribulation
Accommodation
Epilogue (1982)
Postscript (1990)
Appendices
A History of the Sleeping-Sickness
'Miracle' Drugs: Freud, William James, and Havelock Ellis
The Electrical Basis of Waakenings
Beyond L-DOPA
Parkinsonian Space and Time
Chaos and Awakenings
Awakenings on Stage and Screen
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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