Awakenings

Awakenings

Book - 1990
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Baker & Taylor
Describes the effects of the drug L-DOPA on twenty patients with encephalitic Parkinsonism

Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1990
ISBN: 9780060973681
0060973684
Characteristics: xxxix, 408 p., [8] p. of plates : ill

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gbohomegirl7
Mar 28, 2017

I thought I should finally read this book since it was the inspiration for my favorite movie. However, the two are VERY different. The book is presented as individual case studies whereas the movie is more about the various individuals under Dr. Sacks' care within the same institution. The book feels very clinical and detached. The movie makes you really FEEL and connect with various patients and their families.

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slottino
Feb 21, 2012

This is a really intense story of an epidemic I never knew existed in US history. Be prepared to read about unspeakable and immense suffering, with only moderate release. Dr. Sacks should be sainted for the work he has done with these patients. That said, I will definitely check out the documentary and movie that were based on this book.

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