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The sleeping-sickness epidemic of 1918 caused hundreds of survivors to slip into a bizarre rigid paralysis with similarities to advanced Parkinson's disease. These patients, only occasionally able to communicate or move, were nearly all institutionalized for life, their ranks increasing every now and then with similarly afflicted men and women. Sacks came to work at a long-term care facility shortly before the first exciting results with L-dopa and Parkinson's in the late 1960s; his patients soon embarked on dramatic, difficult recoveries from up to 50 years of torpor. He documents their spiritual and medical obstacles with great care to portray their individual personalities, long suppressed but finally released. Though many great doctors are also great writers, few can compare with Oliver Sacks for expressing the relation of medicine to the human spirit. --Rob Lightner
Patients are frozen in a trance-like state for up to decades. A reader with a medical background might find the 20 case studies more engrossing than I did. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Meow Tomcat
This book gave me a great insight into the the dreaded disease, Parkinson's. Dr.Sacks' book goes beyond the complexities and complications of this disease by addressing the deeper... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Joy Merritt
The movie of the same title based on the book made a great impression on me years ago. When I read that Oliver Sacks had died I ordered his books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joan L. Anderson
Eye opening. Well acted. I recommend it to anyone who has an wants to learn more about autism.Published 1 month ago by L. M. Mcclure