Narcolepsy and Diseases of Excessive Sleep

  title={Narcolepsy and Diseases of Excessive Sleep},
  author={W. Mendelson and J. Gillin and R. Wyatt},
Narcolepsy is often considered to be an illness of excessive sleep; more precisely, it is a disorder manifested by brief, inappropriate episodes of sleep, often in association with other “auxiliary” symptoms. Sleep attacks have been described by a number of 19th-century physicians, among whom the best known is Westphal (1877). Gelineau in 1880 gave the name narcolepsy to a disturbance “characterized by an imperative need to sleep of sudden onset and short duration, recurring at more or less… Expand
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