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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
This book lets the reader know what that feels like to the doctor.
Infact, the book is so technical that it could take the reader quite a while to decipher all the medical terms included & to read the entire book quickly.
This book written by Dr. Sacks himself explores twenty different patients who received the L-DOPA drug and each patient reacts different to the drug.
I began reading all of Oliver Sacks books after the death of Robin Williams. Williams said he was influenced by Dr. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Catherine B.
Very revealing of the difference between an institution treating patients as a set of symptoms vs treating them as fellow human beings. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Walter J Krieg
Not until I got the the very end of the book (the chapter dealing with stage/film/radio adaptations) did I became aware of the nearly 'Klein bottle' structure Dr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan Harlow
I loved the movie and wanted to read the book and I bought several more from that Author. If you like story with some technical then you will be fascinated. Read morePublished 2 months ago by TJT
This is one of the most disturbing and horrific books I have ever read.
In it, Dr. Sacks demonstrates admirable, almost super-human devotion to the few dozen tragically,... Read more
Bought this book as a gift. The person I gave it to just loved it. They will pass it on.Published 6 months ago by Roxie Cousins
The Robin Williams film of the same name was loosely based on this book by Oliver Sachs, but the film tells only part of the story, and inserts an unnecessary amount of distracting... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sacks is a master of turning dry clinical facts on a case into a living, breathing human being in relationship to his or her family and significant others, and investigating the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carol A Ranney
If you're looking for a book that resembles the Penny Marshall/Robert DeNiro film, you won't find it here. Read morePublished 7 months ago by thelorax