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Encephalitis lethargica in the Soviet Union.
Eur Neurol. 2008; 60(3):113-21.EN

Abstract

Although encephalitis lethargica (EL) appeared in epidemic form in the Soviet Union during the 1920s as it did in most of the world, the Western literature, particularly English, contains little information about the manifestations of the disease there. Here we summarize articles by prominent Russian neurologists who wrote about the disease as they viewed it during the epidemic period. As in the West, Russian clinicians found EL to be remarkably polymorphic, although some signs and symptoms, especially those pertaining to the psychological aspects of the disease, seemed to be more prevalent or were described better and perhaps more frequently by these clinicians. Some Russian clinicians emphasized an increased prevalence of EL among Jews and a relationship with illness and trauma, whereas others found strong evidence for contagion, especially in rural areas.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Fort Wayne, IN 46805, USA. vilensk@ipfw.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Historical Article
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18628628

Citation

Vilensky, Joel A., et al. "Encephalitis Lethargica in the Soviet Union." European Neurology, vol. 60, no. 3, 2008, pp. 113-21.
Vilensky JA, Mukhamedzyanov RZ, Gilman S. Encephalitis lethargica in the Soviet Union. Eur Neurol. 2008;60(3):113-21.
Vilensky, J. A., Mukhamedzyanov, R. Z., & Gilman, S. (2008). Encephalitis lethargica in the Soviet Union. European Neurology, 60(3), 113-21. https://doi.org/10.1159/000144080
Vilensky JA, Mukhamedzyanov RZ, Gilman S. Encephalitis Lethargica in the Soviet Union. Eur Neurol. 2008;60(3):113-21. PubMed PMID: 18628628.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Encephalitis lethargica in the Soviet Union. AU - Vilensky,Joel A, AU - Mukhamedzyanov,Ravil Z, AU - Gilman,Sid, Y1 - 2008/07/14/ PY - 2007/10/02/received PY - 2007/12/08/accepted PY - 2008/7/17/pubmed PY - 2008/10/29/medline PY - 2008/7/17/entrez SP - 113 EP - 21 JF - European neurology JO - Eur Neurol VL - 60 IS - 3 N2 - Although encephalitis lethargica (EL) appeared in epidemic form in the Soviet Union during the 1920s as it did in most of the world, the Western literature, particularly English, contains little information about the manifestations of the disease there. Here we summarize articles by prominent Russian neurologists who wrote about the disease as they viewed it during the epidemic period. As in the West, Russian clinicians found EL to be remarkably polymorphic, although some signs and symptoms, especially those pertaining to the psychological aspects of the disease, seemed to be more prevalent or were described better and perhaps more frequently by these clinicians. Some Russian clinicians emphasized an increased prevalence of EL among Jews and a relationship with illness and trauma, whereas others found strong evidence for contagion, especially in rural areas. SN - 1421-9913 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18628628/Encephalitis_lethargica_in_the_Soviet_Union_ L2 - https://www.karger.com?DOI=10.1159/000144080 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -