Finals? Beware of “reflex nightmare!”

The front page of the The Maroon from May 5, 1935, is full of busy end-of-the-school-year news. The final student dance had been scheduled, and the senior party hosted by alumni had been set. But what really caught our attention can be found at the bottom of the page: “Dental Student Victim of Unique Reflex Nightmare.”

As the article explains, Eddie Driscoll, a junior in Loyola’s Dental School, was so nervous about his upcoming pathology exam that he awoke from a dream and was unable to move. (Perhaps a case of what is now called “Sleep Paralysis”?) If such a panic should strike you, take comfort in the fact that, as Eddie explained, “this only happens to brilliant people.”

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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