Oliver Sacks Awakenings (Pelican)

ISBN 13: 9780140218923

Awakenings (Pelican)

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9780140218923: Awakenings (Pelican)

A revised and expanded edition of an account of a group of 20 patients who survived the sleeping sickness epidemic of the 1920s, and the awakening effect they experienced forty years later through the drug L-DOPA, which was administered by Dr Sacks himself. First published in 1973.

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Between 1916 and 1927 a bizarre disease- sleepy sickness - spread throughout the world. The main body of this book tells the stories of 20 patients and a new drug developed in 1969

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It hardly seems fair that so many great doctors are also great writers. Perhaps it's qualities like sensitivity, craft and dedication that keep physicians like Oliver Sacks in hospitals all day and at writing desks all night; if nothing else, these qualities shine in books like Awakenings. This powerful set of case histories rises above its pathological foundation to find new literary territory, a medical-spiritual synthesis equally stimulating for the mind and the soul. It's no wonder Hollywood chose to turn it into a feature film--anyone can see the universal human struggle against bondage and despair in these pages.

The sleeping-sickness epidemic of 1918 caused hundreds of survivors to slip into a bizarre rigid paralysis with similarities to advanced Parkinson's disease. These patients, only occasionally able to communicate or move, were nearly all institutionalised for life, their ranks increasing every now and then with similarly afflicted men and women. Sacks came to work at a long-term care facility shortly before the first exciting results with L-DOPA and Parkinson's in the late 1960s and his patients soon embarked on dramatic, difficult recoveries from up to 50 years of torpor. He documents their spiritual and medical obstacles with great care to portray their individual personalities, long suppressed but finally released. Though many great doctors are also great writers, few can compare with Oliver Sacks for expressing the relation of medicine to the human spirit. --Rob Lightner

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Sacks, Oliver
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (1976)
ISBN 10: 0140218920 ISBN 13: 9780140218923
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1976. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140218920

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