Oliver Sacks – Awakenings


Awakenings – which inspired the major motion picture – is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, “awakening” effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and the extraordinary transformations which went with their reintroduction to a changed world.

PLEASE NOTE: Some changes have been made to the original manuscript with the permission of Oliver Sacks.

Author: Oliver Sacks
Narrator: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
Duration: 13 hours 8 minutes
Released: 11 Nov 2010
Publisher: Audible Studios
Language: English

User Review:

sheath undisturbed

Narrator was wonderful. It is a feat to pronounce so many medical terms over and over again. This book was impossible for me to get through, a huge number of case studies of failed L-Dopa treatments. Save your money and time. The subject matter is interesting, but unless you are a physician this book will likely not be pleasant to endure.