SYMHC Classics: Encephalitis Lethargica

"Head of a Sleeping Woman" 19th or early 20th century, by artist Eugene Carriere Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

Today we're revisiting one of our scariest episodes of all time, from 2013. From 1916 to about 1927, a strange epidemic spread around the world. It caused unusual symptoms, from drastic behavior changes to a deep, prolonged sleep that could last for months. Between 20 and 40 percent of people who caught the disease died.

The original episode is here:

And the show notes are here:

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Topics in this Podcast: SYMHC Classics