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Oliver Sacks
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Awakenings

Oliver Sacks


9780330523677

Picador


True stories;
Psychology;
Neurology & clinical neurophysiology


Paperback

448 pages

$24.99
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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 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.

By:   Oliver Sacks
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   336g
ISBN:   9780330523677
ISBN 10:   0330523678
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   July 2012
Recommended Age:   From 18
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Oliver Sacks is a physician and the author of many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film) and Musicophilia. Born in London and educated at Oxford, he now lives in New York City, where he is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is the first, and only, Columbia University Artist, and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the British Empire. For more information, visit www.oliversacks.com


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 [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

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