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(Rotten Tomatoes)   Re-watching Awakenings, starring Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro. Are there any medical professionals out there with thoughts on treatment back then and how it has improved?   (rottentomatoes.com) divider line
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2021-11-16 6:26:52 AM  
7 votes:
No, it's the one where he used L-Dopa to treat "locked in" post-encephalitic patients who revive shortly then largely go back to their catatonia.
 
2021-11-16 10:18:57 AM  
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yakmans_dad: Bathtub Cynic: How does a movie star Robert freaking Deniro and Robin Williams and this is the first time Ive ever heard of it? It must be farking depressing to never get brought up, ever.

It is as depressing a movie as has ever been made. It makes Melancholia seem like a lawn chair in a sunny garden.


Unlike Melancholia, Awakenings is actually watchable.
 
2021-11-16 2:12:11 PM  
5 votes:
Good movie.  Similarly, see/read also:  Flowers for Algernon.
 
2021-11-16 10:15:39 AM  
2 votes:

Bathtub Cynic: How does a movie star Robert freaking Deniro and Robin Williams and this is the first time Ive ever heard of it? It must be farking depressing to never get brought up, ever.


It is as depressing a movie as has ever been made. It makes Melancholia seem like a lawn chair in a sunny garden.
 
2021-11-16 11:56:56 AM  
2 votes:
Haven't seen it, but every one of Oliver Sacks's books I've read is utterly fascinating.
 
2021-11-16 12:11:58 PM  
2 votes:
I've seen the movie and recommend it highly. Watch for Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson) in a supporting role.
 
2021-11-16 3:43:48 PM  
2 votes:

Bathtub Cynic: How does a movie star Robert freaking Deniro and Robin Williams and this is the first time Ive ever heard of it? It must be farking depressing to never get brought up, ever.


Think "Flowers for Algernon" type premise.
 
2021-11-16 6:31:26 AM  
1 vote:

dammit just give me a login: No, it's the one where he used L-Dopa to treat "locked in" post-encephalitic patients who revive shortly then largely go back to their catatonia.


And thanks Subby. Mrs. Dammit was watching it over the weekend and I wondered the same thing.
 
2021-11-16 8:10:50 AM  
1 vote:
How does a movie star Robert freaking Deniro and Robin Williams and this is the first time Ive ever heard of it? It must be farking depressing to never get brought up, ever.
 
2021-11-16 7:10:18 PM  
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dammit just give me a login: dammit just give me a login: No, it's the one where he used L-Dopa to treat "locked in" post-encephalitic patients who revive shortly then largely go back to their catatonia.

And thanks Subby. Mrs. Dammit was watching it over the weekend and I wondered the same thing.



It's a shame we don't have anyone from the medical community who can weigh in on this. I guess it's too specialized for anyone to really speak to how things have changed/improved.

All these years later, it still fascinates me but it breaks my heart, knowing what Dr. Sacks tried to do for his patients.

Here is some info on Dr. Sacks. He was an extraordinary man.


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