Experimenting on the Past: The Enigma of von Economo's Encephalitis Lethargica

@article{Reid2001ExperimentingOT,
  title={Experimenting on the Past: The Enigma of von Economo's Encephalitis Lethargica},
  author={Ann H. Reid and Sherman A. McCall and J. McSorley Henry and Jeffery K. Taubenberger},
  journal={JNEN: Journal of Neuropathology \& Experimental Neurology},
  year={2001},
  volume={60},
  pages={663–670}
}
Encephalitis lethargica (EL) was a complex and mysterious disease that appeared around the same time as the great influenza pandemic of 1918. The contemporaneous relationship of the 2 diseases led to speculation that they were causally related. Contemporary and subsequent observers conjectured that the influenza virus, directly responsible for the deaths of more than 20 million people, might also have been the cause of EL. A review of the extensive literature by observers of the EL epidemic… 
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