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SLEEPLESS FOR 15 YEARS.
Curious Effect of War-Wound.
VIENNA, Jan. 12.-Brain and nerve
specialists of Central Europe are puzzled
by the astonishing case of M. Paul Kern,
a Hungarian Government official, who has
not slept and not even closed his eyes since
he was wounded by a Russian bullet on the
Eastern Front in 1915. After being wound-
ed, he recovered consciousness in a Lem-
berg hospital, where he was transported
to Budapest. From the moment when he
opened his eyes in Lemberg he has not
slept; nor, indeed, has he had the slightest
desire to do so. The best brain and nerve
specialists in Budapest have been unable
to trace from X-ray examinations any ab-
normality. Dr. Frey, a noted University
professor, who has been watching the case
for years, admits that he is baffled. Curious-
ly, apart from an occasional headache,
Kern has not suffered and has not gone to
bed for years. His work has not revealed
the slightest signs of deterioration. At first
he tried to sleep, but hours of wakefulness
lying in bed exhausted him more than
working.
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