The Sleeping Sickness Pandemic

Did you know that around the time of the Spanish Flu, another pandemic was sweeping across the world? This mysterious malady may have been gone within a decade, but for those that survived it, it would be literally on their minds long after the acute stage was over for the rest of their lives.

This episode goes into the history of Encephalitis Lethargica, aka, Sleeping Sickness from the time it started in 1916 and discusses the acute and chronic stages of the disease. Also, discussed is the treatment given to patients after having lived with the debilitating disorder for decades.

Below is the affiliate link if you are interested in learning more. The book Awakenings has many stories to the patients treated by Dr. Sacks with L-dopa in hopes of curing or alleviate some of the symptoms.

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