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July 1931


Author Affiliations


From the Rees-Stealy Clinic.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;26(1):50-101. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230070056004


  • Idiopathic narcolepsy

  • Narcolepsy after probable epidemic encephalitis

  • Narcolepsy following acute infections other than encephalitis

  • Narcolepsy probably of hypothalamic origin

  • Cases of narcolepsy showing only attacks of sleep

  • General considerations

  • Clinical manifestations

    • Attacks of sleep

    • Cataplectic attacks

    • Transitional attacks

    • Other phenomena

  • Associated conditions

    • Restless nocturnal sleep with dreams

    • Obesity

  • Etiology

  • Course, prognosis and treatment

  • Pathology

  • Relation of narcolepsy to other clinical conditions

  • Theoretical considerations

  • Summary and conclusions

  • Bibliography

Narcolepsy was first described in 1877 by Westphal and named in 1880 by Gélineau, who regarded it as a "new species of neurosis." It is a condition characterized by "the occurrence of attacks of irresistible sleep without apparent cause, and curious attacks on emotion, in which the muscles relax suddenly, so that the victim sinks to the ground, fully conscious but unable to move." This is the description of the condition as used in 1926 by Adie, who reported six personal cases