Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: influenza epidemic

  • Encephalitis lethargica: The sweating sickness of the 1920s?

    Philip LiebsonChicago, Illinois, United States Epidemics may come and go, magically disappear, and sometimes recur. An example of this was the “sweating sickness” of sixteenth century Europe. Another example closer to our time was encephalitis lethargica, occurring as an epidemic in the late 1910s and early 1920s followed by only sporadic cases. Sporadic cases of…

  • Family encounters with pathogens 100 years apart

    Meredith Wright New York City, New York, United States   Photo of the author’s great-grandmother, Anna, and Anna’s memoir. The memoir was organized by Anna’s daughter Fortunata and has become an important part of the family’s history. Original photograph by Meredith Wright, 2018. After my mother died, I became obsessed with preserving family memories and…