By Oliver Sacks
Awakenings—which encouraged the most important movement picture—is the striking tale of a gaggle of sufferers who shriveled sleeping-sickness throughout the nice epidemic simply after international conflict I. Frozen for many years in a trance-like kingdom, those women and men got up as hopeless till 1969, while Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an staggering, explosive, "awakening" impact. Dr. Sacks recounts the relocating case histories of his sufferers, their lives, and the intense variations which went with their reintroduction to a replaced world.
Case histories of sufferers of "sleeping sickness" & their restoration; foundation for the new film.
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It can thus draw on any historical period, geographical area, and spiritual tradition of the world, quite independently from the subject's cultural or religious background. 1. Page 34 TABLE 2. Basic Perinatal Matrices BPM I BPM II BPM III BPM IV Schizophrenic psychoses (sadomasochistic and scatological elements, automutilation, abnormal sexual behavior); agitated depression, sexual deviations (sadomasochism, drinking of urine and eating of feces); obsessivecompulsive neurosis; psychogenic asthma, tics, and stammering; conversion and anxiety hysteria; frigidity and impotence; neurasthenia; traumatic neuroses; organ neuroses; migraine headache; enuresis and encopressis Schizophrenic psychoses (deathrebirth experiences, messianic delusions, elements ofdestruction and recreation of the world, salvation and redemption, identification with Christ); manic symptomatology; exhibitionism Chewing and swallowing of food; oral aggression and destruction of an object; process of defecation and urination; anal and urethral aggression; sexual orgasm; phallic aggression; delivering of a child, statoacoustic eroticism (jolting, gymnastics, fancy diving, parachuting) Satiation of thirst and hunger; pleasure of sucking; libidinal feelings after defecation, urination, sexual orgasm, or delivery of a child Related Psychopathological Syndromes Schizophrenic psychoses (paranoid symptomatology, feelings of mystical union, encounter with metaphysical evil forces); hypochondriasis (based on strange and bizarre physical sensations); hysterical hallucinosis and confusing daydreams with reality Schizophrenic psychoses (elements of hellish tortures, experience of meaningless "cardboard" world); severe inhibited "endogenous" depressions; irrational inferiority and guilt feelings; hypochondriasis (based on painful physical sensations); alcoholism and drug addiction, psoriasis; peptic ulcer Corresponding Activities in Freudian Erogenous Zones Libidinal satisfaction in all erogenous zones; libidinal feelings during rocking and bathing; partial approximation to this condition after oral, anal, urethral, or genital satisfaction and after delivery of a child (table continued on next page) Oral frustration (thirst, hunger, painful stimuli); retention of feces and/or urine; sexual frustration; experiences of cold, pain and other unpleasant sensations Page 35 TABLE 2.