The movie Awakenings

4852 Words Mar 1st, 2011 20 Pages
Meagan McGee
Psychology 1300

Awakenings
The movie Awakenings starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro portrays the true story of a doctor named Dr. Malcolm Sayer, and the events of the summer of 1969 at a psychiatric hospital in New York. Dr. Malcolm Sayer, who is a research physician, is confronted with a number of patients who had each been afflicted with a devastating disease called Encephalitis Lethargica. The illness killed most of the people who contracted it, but some were left living statues; speechless, motionless, and helpless.
Dr. Malcolm Sayer, when introduced to these patients and their prospective cases, took on what was considered an extremely unpredictable and radical experimental treatment. Being a primarily
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This movie expresses both important sides of medicine and of psychology. Although the patients depicted in this movie slipped back into their comatose like state, Dr. Malcolm Sayer and the drug L-DOPA changed their lives forever.

Reference Page
- http://www.curatormagazine.com/rebeccatalbot/what- ghosts-teach-oliver-sackss-awakenings-part-i/
(Quote)
- http://www.amazon.com/Awakenings-Oliver-Sacks/dp/0375704051
(Book Review)
-Lilienfeld, Woolf, Namy, and Lynn. Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2008.
(Psychology Text Book)

The Awakenings

Recently I watched a fascinating movie which related psychology and experimental drug usage. The movie was quite long, and had a variety of high points and low points. A few main aspects were touched on and could be related directly to my class and the information we have covered over the past few weeks. It would crucial to summarize the movie first and then compare and contrast it to the information I have been presented with in my psychology class.

Imagine your life being seemingly normal one day, and the next day changed forever. Dr. Sayer was a research psychologist who studied the cause or result of behaviors based on experimental data. He applied at an institute to work as a neurologist. He was told that his professional

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