Awakenings
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By Oliver Sacks

nonfiction | 464 pages | Published in NaN

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 in the Bronx, New York.

ISBN_13:9780375704055

Quotes

The endless permutations and combinations of the motor impulse, the motor discharge, are what give rise to the infinite variety of human movement.

Oliver Sacks

The human brain, it has been said, is the most complexly organized structure in the universe.

Oliver Sacks

The past, the present, the future, all are one in the syndrome, the syndrome is the essence, the essence is the syndrome.

Oliver Sacks

The most profound joy, the most moving moments of life are to be found not in the external world, but in the soul of man.

Oliver Sacks

Life, too, is a dance, sometimes graceful, sometimes violent and ecstatic, but always in motion, always in flux.

Oliver Sacks

The human mind is a complex and fragile instrument, capable of both extraordinary brilliance and devastating malfunction.

Oliver Sacks

The power of music to integrate and cure is quite fundamental. It is the profoundest nonchemical medication.

Oliver Sacks

The brain is a universe, within and without, the self and the world, the cause and the effect, the observer and the observed.

Oliver Sacks

The human spirit is indomitable, capable of enduring unimaginable suffering and finding strength in the face of adversity.

Oliver Sacks

The awakening is not a cure, it is not remission, it is not a return to normality; it is a revelation, a transformation.

Oliver Sacks