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Oliver W. Sacks discusses his book "Awakenings"

BROADCAST: 1985 | DURATION: 00:55:46

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In the of first of many appearances on Studs' radio show, Oliver Sacks discusses his book "Awakenings" and recounts several patient profiles from his groundbreaking treatment application of L-DOPA to sufferers of Sleeping sickness and Parkinson's disease. They explore his work in the context of Studs' concept of Feeling Tone and Sacks tells of a remarkable scene with aphasic patients reacting to a speech of then President Ronald Reagan. Their initial interview concludes with thoughts about the use and misuse of language and what people with language disorders can reveal to those without.