The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People

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This eBook “ Medical Lives of History`s Famous People” highlights the consequences of numerous medical concerns of historical individuals. It also discusses in depth how the public lives of ...
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Rip van Winkle Syndrome: a Medical Phenomenon from the Peaks of the Hudson Valley

Pp. 185-189 (5)

William James Maloney


Washington Irving was an American author who wrote a short story about a man who fell asleep for twenty years and then suddenly awoke to find that the world had changed dramatically during his odd slumber. This eponymous literary character has given his name to a condition known in the medical literature as Kleine-Levin Syndrome. Rip Van Winkle Syndrome refers to this disorder which is found mainly in adolescent boys and is characterized by hypersomnolence. There is no cure for this syndrome. However, like Rip van Winkleʼs slumber, the disorder suddenly disappears after a period of years.


Adolescent, antiepileptic mood stabilizer, apathy, Catskills, childlike behavior, confusion, hypersexuality, Kleine-Levin Syndrome, lethargy, modanafil.


New York University College of Dentistry 345 First Avenue New York NY 10010 USA.