Asleep by Molly Caldwell Crosby
The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries

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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.

About Molly Caldwell Crosby

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Molly Caldwell Crosby holds a Master of Arts degree in nonfiction and science writing from Johns Hopkins University and previously worked for National Geographic magazine. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, Health, and USA Today, among others. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with her family.
Published January 19, 2010 by Berkley. 320 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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The engaging story of the outbreak of a bizarre disease.

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An incredible tale of a nearly forgotten disease that is still with us and could again become epidemic.

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