ISBN/ASIN: 0375704051,9780375704055 | 1999 | English | epub | 464/0 pages | 4.09 Mb
Publisher: Vintage | Author: Oliver Sacks | Edition: Reprint
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.