Awakenings by Oliver Sacks

The book is a poignant exploration 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 a brilliant neurologist started treating them with a new drug, L-DOPA, which enabled them to come back to life. The work delves into the profound nature of being human, the complex relationship between the body and mind, the beauty of the physical world, and the transformative power of medicine.

The 4225th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 93

Since this book was first published in 1973, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 93.0.

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