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Summary

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 20 patients. 

Rendered catatonic by the sleeping-sickness epidemic that swept the world just after the First World War, all 20 had spent 40 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.

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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." (The Guardian)

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Mesmerising

Amazing achievement!
The nature of the book requires active listening and can at times be a hard listen, that said it's definitely one that adds a nuance to the world as you know it.
You walk away feeling as though you too had visited the patients and seen the miraculous awakenings of Mount Carmel :)

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Enjoyably extended from the original, well read

Really enjoyed the book and the revisitations at the end of it, especially those concerned with the film and stage adaptation of Awakenings.

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Incredible!

This is the best of Oliver Sacks works that I have read so far. So deep, so complete..personality, physiology and pathology brought together.