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Awakenings

By: Sacks, Oliver.
Publisher: London Picador 2012Description: xxxix, 408 p.ISBN: 9780330523677.Subject(s): Encephalitis | L Dopa | Neurology - Case studiesDDC classification: 616.832 Summary: ‘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 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. ‘Not only a collection of astonishing case histories, Awakenings is also a memoir, a moral essay and a romance. It is a work of genius’ Washington Post ‘It makes you aware of what a knife edge we live on’ Doris Lessing (http://www.picador.com/books/awakenings)
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Table of Contents:

PROLOGUE

• Parkinson's Disease and Parkinsonism
• The Sleeping-Sickness (Encephalitis Lethargica)
• The Aftermath of the Sleeping-Sickness (1927-67)
• Life at Mount Carmel
• The Coming of L-DOPA

AWAKENINGS

• Frances D.
• Magda B.
• Rose R.
• Robert O.
• Hester Y.
• Rolando P.
• Miriam H.
• Lucy K.
• Margaret A.
• Miron V.
• Gertie C.
• Martha N.
• Ida T.
• Frank G.
• Maria G.
• Rachel I.
• Aaron E.
• George W.
• Cecil M.
• Leonard L.

PERSPECTIVES

• Awakening
• Tribulation
• Accommodation

APPENDICES

• A History of the Sleeping-Sickness
• 'Miracle' Drugs: Freud, William James, and Havelock Ellis
• The Electrical Basis of Awakenings
• Beyond L-DOPA
• Parkinsonian Space and Time
• Chaos and Awakenings
• Awakenings on Stage and Screen

‘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 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.

‘Not only a collection of astonishing case histories, Awakenings is also a memoir, a moral essay and a romance. It is a work of genius’ Washington Post

‘It makes you aware of what a knife edge we live on’ Doris Lessing


(http://www.picador.com/books/awakenings)

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