Ondine's curse: the origin of the myth

Juan Sebastián Botero-Meneses, Eduardo Orrego, Sofia Martinez Gil, Germán Medina Rincón

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Central alveolar hypoventilation syndrome has been known for decades as Ondine’s curse. It was named as such after a German myth. Although most of the stories resemble one another, word of mouth has led to misinterpretation of this tale among the medical community. The present paper reviews the original narrative, its characters, and how it is linked to the most relevant aspects of the disease.
Translated title of the contributionLa maldición de Ondina: El orígen del mito
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalArquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
StatePublished - Jan 31 2020

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Botero-Meneses, J. S., Orrego, E., Martinez Gil, S., & Medina Rincón, G. (2020). Ondine's curse: the origin of the myth. Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria.