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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' - ''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. 'A brilliant and humane book' - ''Observer''. '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''.
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Oliver Wolf Sacks, CBE, FRCP (9 July 1933 – 30 August 2015) was a British neurologist, naturalist and author who spent his professional life in the United States.
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