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  • ISBN: 9781529087437
  • Pages: 464
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Binding: Paperback


Oliver Sacks

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Awakenings is the extraordinary account of a group of twenty patients rendered catatonic for forty years by the sleeping-sickness epidemic that swept the world just after the First World War.

All twenty were left motionless and speechless until Dr Oliver Sacks administered a new drug which caused them to awake from their decades-long slumber.

Reviewed by Grant McIntyre in Slightly Foxed Issue 79.

‘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

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