sleepy sickness

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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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The author's note at the end of the book includes information on Chinese history and encephalitis lethargica ("sleepy sickness"), and reading recommendations for both topics.
It was his subsequent experience in a New York hospital in the mid 1960s, observing and treating patients with 'sleepy sickness', which was the basis for his 1973 book Awakenings--which decades later would be the inspiration for an Oscar-winning film of the same name.
"My grandfather had become quite ill, having suffered with Sleepy Sickness or Encephalitis lethargica," he said.