"This richly informative and highly readable book distills the vast literature on encephalitis lethargica. Joel Vilensky and his co-contributors examine the several vexed questions in the understanding of this elusive disease and include poignant testimony of sufferers. The volume gains additional importance as a resource should the epidemic form of the disease ever re-emerge." --John Booss, MD, Professor Emeritus, Departments of Neurology and Laboratory Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, and Formerly National Program Director, Neurology Service Department of Veterans Affairs, West Haven, CT
From the Forward by Oliver Sacks
"Joel Vilensky and the many eminent contributors to this volume have given us a new perspective on the "sleepy sickness," one that is comprehensive and scholarly but also beautifully organized and vividly writtenEL. He also brings together here a number of (often very poignant) self-reports, never before published or long forgottenEL.I think this excellent book will find a much wider readership too, for it is a moving human chronicle with profound implications for anyone concerned with the themes of sickness and health."
"These expert authors have provided detailed descriptions of the history of EL and answers to some, but not all, pertinent questions...warrants thought and appreciation for clear and informative writing." -- Neurology Today
"By extracting and synthesizing core information from monographs and journal articles published in various languages before, during, and after the epidemic, the author provides an unprecedented level of analysis in a readable format...Other modern graphics and tables enhance the usefulness of the information." --Doody's
"The present book edited by J.A. Vilensky, Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Iowa, USA, and written together with other experts, thouroughly describes all the cases reported in the world literature since that time...It is hoped that the present compilation and integration of the EL material provided in this book will enable a more profound view of both the EL occurring during the epidemic and sporadically occurring current cases, to allow a more effective response if an EL epidemic may appear in the future." -- K. A. Jellinger, European Journal of Neurology
About the Author
Dr. Vilensky became interested in aspects of the history of neurology after a career investigating the neurological control of movement. He has published numerous articles on various aspects of neurologic history including on the work of the father of neurosurgery, Sir Victor Horsley. Dr. Vilensky authored a book on the WWI chemical warfare agent, lewisite, which surprisingly had a critical role in the treatment of a severe neurologic disease, hepatolenticular degeneration (Wilson's disease). He became interested in encephalitis lethargica after acquiring some films from the 1920s of these patients. Besides the current book, Dr. Vilensky has authored five scientific articles on the disease.
The Foreword by Dr Oliver Sacks is under copyright © to Dr Sacks.