Awakenings, Paperback


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


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: True stories
  • ISBN: 9780330523677



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