Book Discussion on Asleep

Molly Caldwell Crosby presented a history of an illness that emerged during the early 20th century known as sleeping sickness or… read more

Molly Caldwell Crosby presented a history of an illness that emerged during the early 20th century known as sleeping sickness or encephalitis lethargica.ñ It would claim millions of lives however, appearing at the same time as the Spanish flu the sickness was largely overlooked by historians.ñ Ms. Crosby recounted the work of a group of doctors in New York in the 1920s and 30s who attempted to better understand the sleeping sickness. It’s symptoms ranged from excessive sleep to facial ticks and catatonia.ñ The author reports that this strain of influenza disappeared in 1927 and doctors and neurologists are still not sure what caused it.ñ Molly CaldwellñCrosby discussed her book at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis. close

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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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Mar 14, 2010
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Jul 11, 2010

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  • Mar 14, 2010 | 6:29pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 28, 2010 | 12:29am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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  • Jul 11, 2010 | 11:30am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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