Awakenings is a 1973 non-fiction book by Oliver Sacks. It recounts the life histories of those who had been victims of the 1920s encephalitis lethargica epidemic. Sacks chronicles his efforts in the late 1960s to help these patients at the Beth Abraham Hospital (now Beth Abraham Health Services) in the Bronx, New York. The treatment used the then-new drug L-DOPA. In 1982, Dr. Sacks wrote: The 1976 edition of the book is dedicated to the memory of poet W. H. Auden, and bears an extract from Auden's 1969 poem The Art of Healing:

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  • Awakenings is a 1973 non-fiction book by Oliver Sacks. It recounts the life histories of those who had been victims of the 1920s encephalitis lethargica epidemic. Sacks chronicles his efforts in the late 1960s to help these patients at the Beth Abraham Hospital (now Beth Abraham Health Services) in the Bronx, New York. The treatment used the then-new drug L-DOPA. In 1982, Dr. Sacks wrote: I have become much more optimistic than I was when I […] wrote Awakenings, for there has been a significant number of patients who, following the vicissitudes of their first years on L-DOPA, came to do – and still do – extremely well. Such patients have undergone an enduring awakening, and enjoy possibilities of life which had been impossible, unthinkable, before the coming of L-DOPA. The book inspired the 1982 play A Kind of Alaska by Harold Pinter, performed as part of a trilogy of Pinter's plays titled Other Places, and a documentary television episode, the pilot of the British television programme Discovery. It was also made into a 1990 Oscar-nominated film, Awakenings starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. The 1976 edition of the book is dedicated to the memory of poet W. H. Auden, and bears an extract from Auden's 1969 poem The Art of Healing: 'Healing',Papa would tell me,'is not a science,but the intuitive artof wooing Nature.' Prior to his 1973 death, Auden himself wrote: "Have read the book and think it a masterpiece". (en)
  • Awakenings, (en français l'Éveil), est un livre de non-fiction écrit par Oliver Sacks et sorti en 1973. Il a remporté le prix Hawthornden en 1974 puis a donné lieu à un film de Penny Marshall en 1990, l'Éveil, avec Robin Williams et Robert De Niro. (fr)
  • Risvegli (titolo originale inglese Awakenings) è un saggio di argomento medico scritto dal neurologo e divulgatore inglese Oliver Sacks, pubblicato per la prima volta in originale nel 1973, in Italia nel 1987 da Adelphi. Contiene le osservazioni e le riflessioni raccolte dall'autore nella sua opera come medico presso una struttura di lungodegenza in cui erano ospitate persone affette da una particolare patologia neurologica affine alla malattia di Parkinson, ma di forma più grave e debilitante, originata dall'epidemia di encefalite letargica verificatasi durante il periodo 1916-1927, e delle loro singolari reazioni dopo il trattamento con una terapia sperimentale. Dal libro nel 1982 l'autore teatrale premio Nobel per la letteratura Harold Pinter trasse lo spunto per un'opera teatrale in atto unico dal titolo A kind of Alaska. Nel 1990 la regista Penny Marshall ha diretto una fortunata versione cinematografica liberamente tratta dal libro, con protagonisti Robin Williams e Robert De Niro. (it)
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  • 0-375-70405-1
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  • Front cover: black background, title above author's name, below author's name is quote from Frank Kermode, "This doctor's report... is written in a prose of such beauty that you might well look in vain for its equal among living practitioners of belles lettres."
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  • Duckworth & Co., 1973
  • Front cover of first UK edition,
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  • Duckworth & Co., 1973
  • Pelican, 1976
  • Picador, 1991, 2006, 2010
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  • Awakenings, (en français l'Éveil), est un livre de non-fiction écrit par Oliver Sacks et sorti en 1973. Il a remporté le prix Hawthornden en 1974 puis a donné lieu à un film de Penny Marshall en 1990, l'Éveil, avec Robin Williams et Robert De Niro. (fr)
  • Awakenings is a 1973 non-fiction book by Oliver Sacks. It recounts the life histories of those who had been victims of the 1920s encephalitis lethargica epidemic. Sacks chronicles his efforts in the late 1960s to help these patients at the Beth Abraham Hospital (now Beth Abraham Health Services) in the Bronx, New York. The treatment used the then-new drug L-DOPA. In 1982, Dr. Sacks wrote: The 1976 edition of the book is dedicated to the memory of poet W. H. Auden, and bears an extract from Auden's 1969 poem The Art of Healing: (en)
  • Risvegli (titolo originale inglese Awakenings) è un saggio di argomento medico scritto dal neurologo e divulgatore inglese Oliver Sacks, pubblicato per la prima volta in originale nel 1973, in Italia nel 1987 da Adelphi. Contiene le osservazioni e le riflessioni raccolte dall'autore nella sua opera come medico presso una struttura di lungodegenza in cui erano ospitate persone affette da una particolare patologia neurologica affine alla malattia di Parkinson, ma di forma più grave e debilitante, originata dall'epidemia di encefalite letargica verificatasi durante il periodo 1916-1927, e delle loro singolari reazioni dopo il trattamento con una terapia sperimentale. (it)
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