Molly Caldwell Crosby presented a history of an illness that emerged during the early 20th century known as sleeping sickness or encephalitis lethargica.Ã± It would claim millions of lives however, appearing at the same time as the Spanish flu the sickness was largely overlooked by historians.Ã± 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.Ã± The author reports that this strain of influenza disappeared in 1927 and doctors and neurologists are still not sure what caused it.Ã± Molly CaldwellÃ±Crosby discussed her book at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis. close
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