The Mystery of 18 Twitching Teenagers in Le Roy

Right around this time — when Brockovich started appearing in the news and everyone was talking about toxins and trust in local officials was at an all-time low — the neurologists in Buffalo who were treating some of the girls started seeing their patients’ conditions worsen. One of the doctors, Laszlo Mechtler, told The Batavian that patients who had been improving were suddenly in his office, “crying, ‘This chemical is in my head and I’m damaged for the rest of my life.’ ” Doctors also saw an increase in cases, which they attributed to sensational coverage and increased stress. As more girls got sick, the story got bigger, and then more girls got sick.

via The Mystery of 18 Twitching Teenagers in Le Roy – NYTimes.com.

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