Medicine: Sleeping Sickness

From England was reported a sharp increase in the number of cases of the new sleeping sickness (Encephalitis lethargica). Every week of 1924 has revealed, for that matter, a relentless increase. For the week ending Jan. 12 the number was ten; for the week ending April 19, 253. Only 541 cases were recorded for the whole of 1919. The current year thus far has recorded 1,409 cases.

Lethargic encephalitis has not the slightest connection with African sleeping sickness (Trypanosomiasis). The name is more appropriate to the former disease than to the latter. Sleep symptoms...

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