Title Book: Awakenings
Author : Oliver Sacks
ISBN 10: 9780330537179
ISBN 13: 0330537172
Publisher : Pan Macmillan
Category : Literary Collections / Essays
Languages : en (Available in All Languages)
Pages : 448
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'The story of a disease that plunged its victims into a prison of viscous time, and the drug that catapulted them out of it' Guardian
Hailed as a medical classic, and the subject of a major feature film as well as radio and stage plays and various TV documentaries, Awakenings by Oliver Sacks is the extraordinary account of a group of twenty patients. Rendered catatonic by the sleeping-sickness epidemic that swept the world just after the First World War, all twenty had spent forty years in hospital: motionless and speechless; aware of the world around them, but exhibiting no interest in it - until Dr Sacks administered the then-new drug, L-DOPA, which caused them, temporarily, to awake from their decades-long slumber.