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December 2004

Vintage Sacks

Arch Neurol. 2004;61(12):1978-1979. doi:10.1001/archneur.61.12.1978-b

by Oliver W. Sacks, MD, 197 pp, $9.95, ISBN 1-4000-3397-7, New York, NY, Vintage Books, Random House, 2004.

Oliver Sacks is probably the neurologist whose name is best known to the general public—our most famous neurologist. He has had several best-selling books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat1 and Awakenings.2Awakenings has been made into an excellent movie, which I sometimes recommend to patients or their families. This must be done cautiously, however, because the movie shows many of the adverse effects and limitations of levodopa that occurred with rapid dose increases in Sacks’ patients with postencephalitic Parkinson disease much earlier than with our usual slow dose increases in patients with slowly degenerative Parkinson disease. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat has also been written as an opera, performed in London, England, during the World Congress of Neurology in 2001.

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