Medicine: Maguire Case

Early in February 1932 a young woman named Patricia Maguire who lived in suburban Oak Park, Ill. and worked as a secretary on the Chicago Herald & Examiner went to see her family physician, complained of being extraordinarily drowsy all day long. Dr. Eugene Fagan Traut gave her a thorough examination, could ind nothing wrong with her. Within a fortnight the attack of epidemic encephalitis (sleeping sickness) from which Patricia Maguire suffered put her into a stupor from which she has not yet recovered. Her case attracted widespread newspaper attention. On the...

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