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Delirium 'a dreaded scourge' underdiagnosed in hospitals

Former patient's hallucinations included a swarm of fruit flies

Kas Roussy · CBC News · Posted: Mar 20, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: March 20

Robert Van Herpt was 53 when he decided to overhaul his life. A heavy drinker and smoker, he quit both at once cold turkey. He started a new antidepressant. It was, in many ways, a new beginning.

But it didn't go according to plan. Before long, Van Herpt stopped sleeping. And that's when he started seeing things.

The fruit flies came first.

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