Author D.T. Max describes himself as a journalist and an essayist.
The Family that Couldn't Sleep traces the fascinating and horrific tale of an Italian family who suffers from a deadly genetic disease called fatal familial insomnia.
People who experience the disease become unable to sleep and can die within a few months. The disease can be traced back in the family more than two hundred years. Robert Siegel talks with the book's author, D.T. Max.