The journalist replied that narcolepsy would indeed be an interesting illness to profile in the series. The hitch is that anyone volunteering to be profiled in one of these lengthy articles must agree to the following:
- His/her name and photograph will be published in the article; and
- He/she must agree to open his/her medical records to the journalist.
Here is a link to yesterday's "Mystery Diagnosis" article in The Washington Post:
At the end of the article, you'll find the following text:
"If you have a Medical Mystery that has been solved, e-mail email@example.com. To read previous mysteries, go to http://www.washingtonpost. com/health."
Finally, here is the email that I received yesterday in reply to my suggestion that a person with narcolepsy be profiled:
"Hi--Thanks so much for writing. I think narcolepsy is a great idea for mystery column--but I'd need someone willing to let me profile his/her case.
If you change your mind, I'd be very interested in talking w/you. But I need name and photo for the column.All best, Sandy Boodman
Sandra G. Boodman
Medical Mysteries Columnist
1150 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20071
I'm hoping that someone that wouldn't be harmed by being profiled might be able to give it a go!