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Asleep; the forgotten epidemic that remains one of medicine's greatest mysteries.

9780425225707

Asleep; the forgotten epidemic that remains one of medicine's greatest mysteries.

Crosby, Molly Caldwell.

Berkley Publishing Group

2010

291 pages

$24.95

Hardcover

RA644

Crosby, an author and writer whose grandmother was killed by encephalitis lethargica, or "sleeping sickness," examines the mysterious epidemic which killed about one million people around the world in the 1920s, mostly in New York City. Through discussion of case studies, medical journals, interviews with family members, and other records, she describes the efforts of a group of doctors in New York who searched for the cause, treatment, and cure, how it disappeared in 1927, and the efforts of scientists today to understand and prevent reemergence of the disease. Chapters focus on specific cases, the varying symptoms and outcomes, and the doctors involved and what they did, within the wider context of the epidemic.

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