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Encephalitis Lethargica: During and After the Epidemic
Encephalitis Lethargica: During and After the Epidemic is akin to a detective novel about a major medical mystery that remains unsolved. During the 1920s and 1930s a strange, very polymorphic condition affected much of the world although not at the same time everywhere and certainly not with the same symptoms. This condition, encephalitis lethargica, could cause death in a ...more
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published December 17th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published November 17th 2010)
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This monograph reviews the world literature on this fascinating disease that was first widely recognized just after World War II but which probably occurred in epidemics before and sporadically since. The cause is still not absolutely certain. Links to the great flu pandemic were posited but are by no means certain. The long term term Parkinsonism that developed in many of these patients was popularized by Oliver Sacks in his book Awakening and the movie which followed. The book is accessible to ...more