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Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic That Became Medicine’s Greatest Mystery | [Molly Caldwell Crosby]

Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic That Became Medicine’s Greatest Mystery

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 had 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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A fascinating look at a bizarre, forgotten epidemic from the national best-selling 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 had 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.

©2011 Molly Caldwell Crosby (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-29-13
    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."

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    "Anatomy of an Epidemic"

    During the Great Flu epidemic of WWI, there was an epidemic of encephalitis lethargica —or “sleeping sickness”— that left its victims permanently disabled, a plague of catatonic lethargy. Some people were comatose for years-- and it could recur at any time.

    What was it?

    This medical-mystery drama, by award-winning reporter Molly Caldwell Crosby, follows the doctors, scientists, and patients of the time as they tried to solve the origins of this disease.

    You may remember Oliver Sacks’s "Awakenings" chronicled his work curing the sleeping sickness victim. But science has yet to find the cause of the epidemic, the "why?"

    Crosby's book turns a corner in these “sleep” conversations that will have you wide awake to the most chilling prospects yet.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kay Dallas, TX, United States 10-07-13
    Kay Dallas, TX, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic book"
    What made the experience of listening to Asleep the most enjoyable?

    The details and the fascinating history that is given


    What other book might you compare Asleep to and why?

    The Great Pearl


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Current times compared to previous history of flu


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    all of it


    Any additional comments?

    Great non-fiction with fascinating case history of the illness

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George Denham Springs, Louisiana, United States 03-29-14
    George Denham Springs, Louisiana, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Fantastic and Bone Chilling Mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to Asleep the most enjoyable?

    I can say without equivocation that Christian Rummel's performance brought this book to a brilliant life. In any audio book the story may be of the greatest interest, but if the narration is lacking, then something is lost from the beginning. Asleep is one book that has it all. We have a powerfully entertaining mystery of non-fiction - those that make you hold your hand to your mouth after an audible gasp. Asleep is difficult to bookmark because you are always anticipating what awaits beyond the next page.


    Any additional comments?

    Medical histories are not for everyone, but if you can put away any preconceived notions, you will walk away from this one with a new-found appreciation for the subject matter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    zein 09-18-14
    zein 09-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Would definately recommend!"
    Where does Asleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What other book might you compare Asleep to and why?

    Rabies, ties to epidemiology


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    I thought it was fine.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Chilling


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    A fascinating book. Definitely worth the read time. It taught me a lot of the history of disease and started me on a journey to a fascination with epidemiology. This is one of the most interesting diseases I have ever read about and this book did a great job of break that down. The stories meandered a little bit at some point but not book is perfect and a tiny bit a patience got me through certain books. I would recommend to anyone!

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