“Awakenings” starring Robin Williams as Dr. Oliver Sacks, yielded many awards. The movie is based on one of many books authored by Dr. Sacks. “The story of a doctor’s extraordinary work in the Sixties with a group of catatonic patients he finds languishing in a Bronx hospital. Speculating that their rigidity may be akin to an extreme form of Parkinsonism, he seeks permission from his skeptical superiors to treat them with L-dopa, a drug that was used to treat Parkinson’s disease at the time.”
Oliver Wolf Sacks,CBE,FRCP(9 July 1933 – 30 August 2015) was a Britishneurologist, naturalist, historian of science, and author. Born in Britain, and mostly educated there, he spent his career in the United States and believed that thebrainis the “most incredible thing in the universe.”He became widely known for writing best-selling case histories about both his patients’ and his own disorders and unusual experiences, with some of his books adapted for plays by major playwrights, feature films, animated short films, opera, dance, fine art, and musical works in the classical genre.