Asleep The Forgotten Epidemic That Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries

ISBN-10: 0425238733

ISBN-13: 9780425238738

Edition: 2011

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A fascinating look at a bizarre, forgotten epidemic from the national bestselling author of The American Plague. In 1918, a world war raged, and a lethal strain of influenza circled the globe. In the midst of all this death, a bizarre disease appeared in Europe. Eventually known as encephalitis lethargica, or sleeping sickness, it spread worldwide, leaving millions dead or locked in institutions. Then, in 1927, it disappeared as suddenly as it arrived. Asleep, set in 1920s and '30s New York, follows a group of neurologists through hospitals and asylums as they try to solve this epidemic and treat its victims-who learned the worst fate was not dying of it, but surviving it.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence was born on September 11, 1885. His father was a coal miner and Lawrence grew up in a mining town in England. He always hated the mines, however, and frequently used them in his writing to represent both darkness and industrialism, which he despised because he felt it was scarring the English countryside. Lawrence attended high school and college in Nottingham and, after graduation, became a school teacher in Croyden in 1908. Although his first two novels had been unsuccessful, he turned to writing full time when a serious illness forced him to stop teaching. Lawrence spent much of his adult life abroad in Europe, particularly Italy, where he wrote some of his most significant and most controversial novels, including Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterly's Lover. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, who had left her first husband and her children to live with him, spent several years touring Europe and also lived in New Mexico for a time. Lawrence had been a frail child, and he suffered much of his life from tuberculosis. Eventually, he retired to a sanitorium in Nice, France. He died in France in 1930, at age 44. In his relatively short life, he produced more than 50 volumes of short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel journals, and letters, in addition to the novels for which he is best known.

Author's Note
Prologue: Inside
An Unknown Soldier
An Epidemic Begins
Constantin von Economo
The London Outbreak
Ruth
New York City
Ruth
The Neurologist
The Medical Investigators
Adam
Adam
Smith Ely Jelliffe
The Alienist
Only the Beginning
Jessie
Jessie
1925
A Two-Headed Beast
Rosie
Madness
Rosie
The Neurological Institute
Sylvia
The Matheson Commission
Josephine B. Neal
Vaccine Trials
Sylvia
I Have Seen the Future
Philip
Philip
Gray Matter
Past or Prologue?
Epilogue: Virginia and the Forgotten Epidemic
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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