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Oliver discusses the case of a healthy 25-year-old man who spontaneously fell into a great sleep for a month and then awoke and carried on his life as normal, but did not speak until a month after waking up. Two year later, he again fell into a heavily sleepy period. Oliver and others made experiments on the man during his sleeping spells, attempting to wake him up with spirit of sal armoniac [salammoniac], sticking a pin in his arm, and stopping his nose and mouth.

Subject: Medicine

Published in Philosophical Transactions as ‘A relation of an extraordinary sleepy person, at Tinsbury, near Bath’.

Addressed to Richd [Richard] Waller in Crosbey Square Bishop gate Street [Crosby Square, Bishopsgate, London].

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William Oliver

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William Oliver, Paper, ‘A relatione of a strange sleeper’ by William Oliver, 1690s, CLP/14i/45, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 21 July 2024

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