TIL of Encephalitis lethargica, that attacks the brain, leaving some victims in a statue-like condition, speechless and motionless. Between 1915 and 1926 around 5M cases and 1.6M deaths globally. Only a handfull since. Those who didn’t die, didn’t recover either. We don’t know the cause.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encephalitis_lethargica#cite_note-:1-29

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  1. The movie Awakenings, with Julie Kavner, Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, is about a population of patients who suffered long term symptoms and are magically restored to normalcy for a time. It’s a tragic, real life, Flowers for Algernon.

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    If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

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