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Awakening (Oliver Sacks)

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Sleeping sickness plagued the world right after the disastrous World War I. Medically termed as e... Read More

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Sleeping sickness plagued the world right after the disastrous World War I. Medically termed as encephalitis lethargica, this disease rendered people motionless and speechless for years together. The victims of this merciless disease were left aware but apathetic to the world around them. But that was all only until Dr Sacks administered a newly-found drug called L-DOPA, which enabled them to wake up from their long-lasting slumbers, albeit temporarily.

It is an extraordinary account of 20 patients with the ghastly sleeping sickness that has been chronicled in the book Awakenings by Dr Oliver Sacks himself. All the twenty patients described in this text had been rendered catatonic for 40 years long years. The patients have spent these years away from home, in the hospital. In this non-fictional read, the author relates in detail the efforts he put in, in the late 1960’s, to awaken all these patients housed at the Beth Abraham Hospital in New York.

Hailed as ‘a work of genius’ and ‘a collection of astonishing case histories’, this memoir makes you realise that life is living constantly on the knife’s edge and that healing, rather than being a work of science, is an ‘art of wooing nature’

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Title: Awakening (Oliver Sacks)
Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 9780330523677
SKU: BK0053785
EAN: 9780330523677
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

Oliver Sacks was born in 1933 in London and was educated at Queen's College, Oxford. He completed his medical training at San Francisco's Mount Zion Hospital and at UCLA before moving to New York, where he soon encountered the patients whom he would write about in his book Awakenings. Dr Sacks spent almost fifty years working as a neurologist and wrote many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations, about the strange neurological predicaments and conditions of his patients. The New York Times referred to him as 'the poet laureate of medicine', and over the years he received many awards, including honours from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the British Empire. His memoir, On the Move, was published shortly before his death in August 2015.

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