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Book Traces Family Suffering from Deadly Insomnia

The Family that Couldn't Sleep traces the fascinating and horrific tale of an Italian family who suffers from a deadly genetic disease called fatal familial insomnia.

People who experience the disease become unable to sleep and can die within a few months. The disease can be traced back in the family more than two hundred years. Robert Siegel talks with the book's author, D.T. Max.

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