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Author: Oliver Sacks
ISBN 13: 9780375704055
ISBN 10: 375704051
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 1999-10-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464
List Price: $15.95

"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