sleepy sickness

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Related to sleepy sickness: encephalitis lethargica
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Noun1.sleepy sickness - an encephalitis that was epidemic between 1915 and 1926sleepy sickness - an encephalitis that was epidemic between 1915 and 1926; symptoms include paralysis of the extrinsic eye muscle and extreme muscular weakness
cephalitis, encephalitis, phrenitis - inflammation of the brain usually caused by a virus; symptoms include headache and neck pain and drowsiness and nausea and fever (`phrenitis' is no longer in scientific use)
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My grandfather had become quite ill, having suffered with Sleepy Sickness or Encephalitis lethargica," he said.
FACTUAL A dose of doziness QED: The documentary series returns with the powerful story of a mysterious disease dubbed sleepy sickness.
Sacks began work at Beth Abraham Health in the Bronx where he encountered a group of patients many of whom were unable to initiate movement -- they were survivors of the great epidemic of sleepy sickness that had swept the world from 1916-1927.