Parkinson's Disease: The epidemic of children who fell asleep Awakenings, a film directed by Penny Marshall and released in 1990, follows the story of Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) as he interacts with catatonic patients infected by an epidemic of viral encephalitis earlier in life. Sayer begins his career at this hospital, where he integrates his passion for neurological research into an investigative approach to the treatment of his patients. However, he is met by initial resistance and apathy from his colleagues, who view the patients as essentially hopeless. The film particularly follows the interactions and developing relationship between Sayer and one of his patients, Leonard Lowe, who is portrayed by Robert DeNiro. Through interactions with the patients, Sayer begins to notice various stimuli that trigger responses from them and theorizes that these patients may be afflicted with an extreme form of a Parkinson-like disease.
Awakenings is an American drama released in 1990, based on the neurologist Oliver Sack 's studies on patients in a behavioral institution in the late 1960 's. The movie starts with Dr. Sack 's character fictionalized as Dr. Malcom Sayer interacting with catatonic patients who survived the epidemic of Encephalitis Lethargica from 1917 to 1928. This disease is also known as the "sleeping disease" because it attacks the brain, leaving the person in a statue-like condition. Even though the doctor 's colleagues saw the patients as a hopeless case, Dr. Sack continued to investigate how his patients could be treated. As his investigation continued, he began to notice that the patients had various stimuli that triggered responses from them, which lead to his theory that they might have been infected by an extreme form of Parkinson disease.
He resorted to having visions of his aunt’s death, causing him to feel the need to kill himself. After the extremity of this episode, he was placed into a hospital, and treated for his schizophrenia. Throughout the film adaptation, Charlie’s serious portrayal of his condition was accurately shown, emphasizing how Stephen Chbosky is capable of providing real life examples of
Developing A Connection The Verdict In The Verdict, (1974) Sidney Lumet directed Paul Newman’s portrayal of Frank Galvin, an alcoholic lawyer hoping to get his life and his career back on track. An old friend gives Frank a lead on a medical malpractice case. Frank talks with relatives of the victim and makes notes about how much money he might make. Frank starts to review the paperwork, changes his mind, and visits the woman who would be his client. Wearing a black suit, black tie, and a white shirt, he enters the hospital room where his potential client and many other patients are unattended.
Awakenings is a movie that relates to actual event which described a specific disease and the drug used to treat it. Dr. Sayer is one of the main characters who try to use a new drug to treat some patients who appear to be catatonic which causes the patients are not able to respond and function like a normal person and no hope to recover to be “normal”. He is successful. Unfortunately, this drug just brings temporary “awakenings” to these patients and soon after, they would return to their former catatonic states. What the movie conveys are to provoke deep thought into the value of our lives and to give the audiences the information of the symptoms of the disease and the side affects of the drug.
From the 1990’s movie entitled Awakenings directed by Penny Marshall. A sprung of hope has happened to people who suffered the post-effect of the 1920’s epidemic disease called Encephalitis Lethargica by bringing them back to their mobile bodies for a limited time by the neurologist, Dr. Malcolm Sayer. Encephalitis Lethargica, also known as sleeping sickness, is viral epidemic encephalitis that occurred between 1915 and 1926 and those who survived the initial infection displayed long-term apathy, paralysis of eye muscles and muscular weaknesses. (Sachs, 1982) In the movie, patients share the same problem: They were not able to move their bodies as what their mind tells them to do so. Sometimes the blockage is manifested through bizarre physical behaviour or apparent paralysis.
The movie is a drama and biographical film. The film starts off with one of the main characters as a child at a park in the Bronx, New York City during 1969. The story mostly focuses on Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a devoted and caring physician and Leonard Lowe who is one of the catatonic patients being handled by Dr. Sayer. This story is about a doctor’s phenomenal work during the 1960s involving a group of patients that survive the 1917 – 1928 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica that he discovers deteriorating in a local hospital in the Bronx, New York City. Suspecting that their symptoms may be related to a severe form of Parkinsonism, he requests for consent from his disbelieving superiors to treat the patients with a drug
Johnny died at the young age of seventeen after a constant struggle to fight his brain tumor. When Johnny was first diagnosed with a brain tumor and Dr. Penfield confirmed it, John narrates that, “with everybody listening Penfield cut through all the euphemisms and said directly, 'Your child has a malignant glioma, and it will kill him.” (Gunther, 55). At this moment is when it is known that the cancer is real and he has a limited time to live. John Gunther said that “Cancer is a rebellion- a gangster outbreak of misplaced cells”(Gunther, 78). Even after all the surgeries Johnny underwent and as much he suffered, “Johnny did not lose function.
Shoot Me in the Heart (Mun Che Yong) Based on the homonymous, awarded novel by Jeong Yu Jeong, "Shoot me in the Heart" is set at a psychiatric hospital and tells the story of two, quite opposite characters who end up there for radically different reasons, but end up being best friends. Soo Myung has been institutionalized since he was nineteen due to a traumatic experience he had at the time and is in fear of scissors. Seung Min, is a son of a very rich family, but used to have pyromaniac tendencies as a teenager. However, that is not the actual reason he is held at the hospital. The two of them strike a peculiar friendship, among gleeful and violent nurses and a number of patients including one who uses the rest as horses, an alcoholic who wants to become a social worker and one who seems to know everything about the institution.
It show challenge through “Stephen Hawking” dealing with loss and pain and physical struggles, then achieving to overcome them. After dealing with most challenges “Stephen” had become a famous Physicist/ scientist. And managed to outlive the 2 and ½ years that the doctor gave him after being diagnosed with ALS. B.) Use of speech: the stuttering and slurring of speech made the movie affective.