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  • Taschenbuch: 408 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperPerennial; Auflage: Reprint (November 1990)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0060973684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060973681
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,2 x 14 x 20,3 cm
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It hardly seems fair that so many great doctors are also great writers. Perhaps it's qualities like sensitivity, craft and dedication that keep physicians like Oliver Sacks in hospitals all day and at writing desks all night; if nothing else, these qualities shine in books like Awakenings. This powerful set of case histories rises above its pathological foundation to find new literary territory, a medical-spiritual synthesis equally stimulating for the mind and the soul. It's no wonder Hollywood chose to turn it into a feature film--anyone can see the universal human struggle against bondage and despair in these pages.

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 institutionalised 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 and 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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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"One of the most beautifully composed and moving works of our time." —The Washington Post

"Compulsively readable. . . . Dr. Sacks writes beautifully and with exceptional subtlety and penetration into both the state of mind of his patients and the nature of illness generally. . . . A brilliant and humane book." —A. Alvarez, The Observer

"[Sacks] opens to the reader doors of perception generally passed through only by those at the far borders of human experience." —The Boston Globe

"A masterpiece." —W. H. Auden -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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3 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von "jisom2" am 31. Dezember 1999
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Oliver Sacks has elevated the case history in Awakenings to a literary art form of the highest kind. A neurologist in charge of a ward of people left high and dry by the 1918 flu epidemic which left them in a profound catatonic state, an extreme form of Parkinson's, he experiments on his patients with a new wonder drug L-Dopa which proves a mixed blessing for them. Some are awakened to brilliant life for a brief time, but most of them are doomed either to revert to their original condition or to die (several know they are going to die and announce the fact). Dr. Sacks (who looks quite demonic on the cover photo) uses his medical powers to change lives with a high-handedness that is almost Faustian. The effects are so extraordinary and strange that some of these stories read like the finest fantasy. All the stories are wonderfully strange, proving that human consciousness is many-faceted and that what we label "disease" may be merely a new avenue of perception. Some of these people perform acts not only bizarre but improbable, showing an unusual level of vitality and no ordinary degree of power.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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6 von 8 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Miezekatze am 21. April 2006
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In "Awakenings" beschreibt Sacks über Jahrzehnte hinweg das Schicksal von Patienten, die an Enzephalitis Lethargica (Schlafkrankheit) erkrankt sind. Dabei konzentriert sich das Buch auf eine Sammlung von 20 Fallgeschichten, aber es gibt auch eine Vielzahl von Kapiteln, die sich um diese Krankheit, die Patienten und die Rezeption des Buchs selbst entwickelt haben.

Die im Zentrum des Buchs stehenden Fallstudien sind ergreifend und dramatisch; Sacks ist ein Meister dieses Genres und knüpft literarisch an die großartigen Fallstudien von Sigmund Freud an. "Awakenings" wird jedoch noch interessanter und vielschichtiger, wenn man sich die Rolle des Autors selbst in diesem Buch und seinen darin geschriebenen Geschichten kritisch vergegenwärtigt.

In den 60ern übernimmt Sacks eine Gruppe von Patienten, die an einer ungewöhnlichen Form der Schlafkrankheit leiden. In der Aufbruchstimmung der End-60er mit ihrem Glauben an pharmazeutische Beherrschbarkeit von mentalen Erkrankungen setzt der junge Arzt L-Dopa ein, um seine Patienten aus ihrem Dämmerzustand zu erwecken. Erst gelingt dies auf spektakuläre Weise. Doch nach einiger Zeit ist die Wirkung der Droge nicht mehr kontrollierbar, und die Patienten überreagieren z.T. dramatisch. Doch selbst nach Absetzen der Droge finden die Patienten nicht mehr zu ihrem früheren, quasi katatonischen Zustand zurück. Die meisten der Patienten geraten in eine Jahre währende, nach unten gerichtete Spirale, die nur durch ihren Tod beendet wird.
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3 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 29. April 1999
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Awakenings was one of the most interesting books i have read in a long time. I was amazed that L-Dopa brought those people back from years and years of being prisioners in their own bodies unable to communicate or take care of themselves. L-Dopa made it possible for families to get re-aquanted with family members silent for decades. The reader also discovers what the patients were feeling during all those years in silence. I highly recommend this book.
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Mads Heden Nielsen am 2. Mai 2000
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I believe this book is a great book to read for the following reasons:
1. It explains in great detail, an event that stock the world, in the summer of 1969.
2. This book has detailed decribtions of the patients with the Parkinsonism disease.
3. And, if anyone has ever seen the movie Awakenings with Robin Williams, this book is worth having because it is the REAL doctor which Robin Williams plays, that is the author to this great book!
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Medical Case histories as great art 31. Dezember 1999
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Oliver Sacks has elevated the case history in Awakenings to a literary art form of the highest kind. A neurologist in charge of a ward of people left high and dry by the 1918 flu epidemic which left them in a profound catatonic state, an extreme form of Parkinson's, he experiments on his patients with a new wonder drug L-Dopa which proves a mixed blessing for them. Some are awakened to brilliant life for a brief time, but most of them are doomed either to revert to their original condition or to die (several know they are going to die and announce the fact). Dr. Sacks (who looks quite demonic on the cover photo) uses his medical powers to change lives with a high-handedness that is almost Faustian. The effects are so extraordinary and strange that some of these stories read like the finest fantasy. All the stories are wonderfully strange, proving that human consciousness is many-faceted and that what we label "disease" may be merely a new avenue of perception. Some of these people perform acts not only bizarre but improbable, showing an unusual level of vitality and no ordinary degree of power. There are people here able to fill whole buckets with their saliva, people who rise from beds they have not left for 30 years with no muscle atrophy, people whose extraperception provide them with a life invisible to others, people who fall into pits unseen by anyone else in a perfectly ordinary hospital hall, unless securely in contact with others, people who can only move "normally" to music, people occupying a strange anachronistic limbo, stuck in the time when they first fell ill, and people who move as slowly as plants grow, whose time sense is distorted so that they seem motionless as statues for hours of a time arrested in mid-movement, though in their own perception, they are completing an activity (brushing their hair) at an ordinary pace. This is Sack's greatest work, a riveting portrait of human possibilities at their most extreme.
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Wonderfully written, but less than that of his other work... 29. Juli 2002
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If I had never read "The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat" before this book (both by the same author), I would have rated this as a five-star classic. Though as well written as the other work, this book presents his studies in a less humane, and more scientific way. Read the other work and one will sense the noticeable difference in the way that Dr. Sacks approached his patients. When reading the "Awakenings", I felt as a detached bystander looking through the windows of his clinic and observing the patients. When reading "The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat", I was so engaged by Dr. Sacks vivid descriptions of the patients, physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually, that it was as if I was face-to-face with the patients, and that I was connected in some intrinsic way to each and every one of them. Please please read the other work as well as this one.
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Despite flaws, one of the most human books I've read 17. Januar 2007
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Despite flaws, one of the most human books I've read

In 1969, Oliver Sacks gave L-DOPA (a recently released "miracle drug") to scores of his post-encephalitic Parkinson's patients. Most of them woke up - after essentially being in a state of sleep/death for over 30 years. They were the remnants of the great post-WWI epidemic and most spent virtually all their adult lives institutionalised. They were suffering from a specific "flavour" of Parkinsonism - and contrary to popular belief, this disease is not about shaking or tremors but more about the warping of an internal sense of scale (of space and time) which makes movement, thought and being human almost impossible. L-DOPA gave the patients a new lease on life, but at a terrible price.

The book chiefly outlines the case histories of individual patients in the course of the treatment. Although occasionally Sacks is repetitive from one patient to another (one of the book's flaws), his attention to detail, his degree of empathy and the vividness with which he describes the patients and their lives are breathtaking. The book gives an amazing impression of what it's like to go from being at a standstill (your mind being taken up by a map of a map of a map of a map...of nothing) to the frenzy of mania (one patient spoke at 500 words a minute).

Awakenings has inspired a Hollywood movie, dozens of plays, documentaries, theatrical productions and more. This is because the story is about so much more than a particular disease. It's about what it means to be human. And it's about the tremendous strength of the patients in the face of a disease that has to be read about to be believed - literally a living hell. Although Sacks seems almost mystical-dualist at times (the other main flaw in my opinion), his purpose is to bring the story to the world and to encourage a more wholistic, empathetic medicine that does not aim to reduce the human to symptoms and side effects, especially when it's completely counterproductive for certain disorders.

Very recommended despite some minor flaws.
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Compelling documentation 4. Mai 2004
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One of the things I find most striking about Oliver Sacks is his humanity. I find myself instilled with his sense of compassion and understanding by reading his cases.
Awakenings succeeds at being accessible to both the layperson and professional, and captivating both. There is a glossary to familiarize yourself with neurological terminology, but again the book isn't overtly prolix; rather a gripping account of neurological maladies.
Through Mr.Sack's these patients have received a certain immortality; a sense that their suffering has not been in vain, but tremendously valuable, not only to the advancement of neurology but as testament to the inherent strength and resolve in us all.
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Disturbing Tale 22. Februar 2005
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This book details the experiments with L-Dopa that Dr. Oliver Sacks put some special patients through at the Mt. Carmel Hospital in New York. These patients had been infected with encephalitis lethargica some 40 years earlier. One of the after effects of encephalitis lethargica (a disease which appeared mysteriously in 1916 and disappeared just as mysteriously in 1926) is manifestation of the symptoms of severe Parkinson's Disease. The patients had tremors, and they just seemed to freeze up, unable to move, walk, talk, or even swallow, in some cases. This left the patients in a catatonic state, and when their relatives were unable to care for them any longer at home, they were institutionalized at the hospital, together with patients suffering from dementia and other mental illnesses. Dr. Sacks, a neurologist, began working at Mt. Carmel in 1966. About that time, researchers working on Parkinson's began touting the wonders of L-Dopa, a drug that seemed to provide some relief from the Parkinsons' symptoms.

In the summer of 1969, Sacks began to administer L-Dopa to the encephalitis lethargica patients to see if it would also relieve their symptoms. The results were miraculous-at first. Patients were suddenly able to move their muscles again, and they stood up from their wheelchairs and began walking around for the first time in 20-40 years. They laughed, talked, sang and wrote about their experiences both before their illness, and during their long stay at the hospital. Unfortunately, however, the euphoria was short-lived for all, as ticks, psychoses, and other mental disorders began to set in, often after a period of a few weeks or even just a few days of relative health.

In this book, Sacks describes encephalitis lethargica, then he provides a selection of case histories, detailing patients' lives before L-Dopa, during the euphoric state of health, and the later stages, in which nearly every patient developed extreme psychological disorders that necessitated stopping the L-Dopa treatments. In the conclusion of the book, Sacks analyzes what went wrong, and generally ascribes it to the underlying mental state of the patients. He suggests that once their initial euphoria over re-joining the world wore off, weak personalities, compounded with poor relationships with family members and mistreatment over the years at the hospital came together and allowed simmering psychoses and other mental problems to bubble to the surface and drag the patients back down to their illness once again. "Love is the alpha and the omega," he states, suggesting that if these patients were more capable of loving and being loved, they could have maintained their healthy state brought on by L-Dopa.

From the vantage point of today's understanding of the brain and neurochemistry, Sacks' experiments and analyses seem inexcusable. Yes, it probably was reasonable to try L-Dopa with these patients. However, when every one of them went on to develop ticks, and psychoses, an alarm bell should have gone off. However, in the 1960s, psychosis and bipolar disorders were thought to be purely emotional problems with roots in poor relationships and attitudes. Nothing was known at the time of how brain chemistry is involved with these illnesses, so when patients starting exhibiting psychotic behaviors, Sacks blamed it on their personalities rather than questioning what else L-Dopa was doing to their minds besides easing their Parkinson's symptoms. Today, such side effects of L-Dopa are well known, and patients taking L-Dopa may also be given anti-psychotic drugs as well.

When I read the blurb on the back cover about patients waking like Rip Van Winkle from a 40-year sleep, I expected tales of a miraculous cure, tempered with feelings of loss and adjustment. But these patients weren't asleep all those years-they were just confined in bodies that would not move. For some, their minds were also slowed, but not stopped completely. They were aware of what was going on around them, but they just couldn't do anything about it. One patient could move a few fingers, and was able not only to communicate with a typing board, but even to write book reviews the entire time he was in the hospital. Thanks to L-Dopa, he had a wonderful summer of movement, but then the consequent mental side effects became so severe that he had to be restrained and taken off L-Dopa, which meant a return to his former frozen state for the remainder of his life, during which time he was so traumatized that he never wrote again. For such a patient, it's not clear that the L-Dopa experiments left him any better off than before; indeed, it appears that he felt worse off, although Sacks suggests otherwise. In sum, the book is far different from what I expected, and quite disturbing in with its tales of medical experimentation and the omnipotence of a doctor working with the severely disabled. On the other hand, it can be morbidly fascinating to see how a scientist can believe so strongly in his work based on his understanding of the world, when later research will show his basic assumptions to be very flawed, hence his conclusions baseless.
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