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The history of multiple sclerosis (MS) 

The history of multiple sclerosis (MS)
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The history of multiple sclerosis (MS)
Author(s):

John Zajicek

, Jennifer Freeman

, and Bernadette Porter

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198569831.003.0001
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date: 17 October 2019

Earliest history of MS 4

Structure of the nervous system 4

Phases of describing the disease 6

The earliest recorded historical descriptions of diseases can help in providing clues about causes of those diseases. Good evidence for the recorded presence of MS is lacking prior to the mid nineteenth century. The first clinical evidence probably occurs in the grandson of King George III in 1822. Pathological descriptions then appeared in the 1830s, from Cruveilhier in France, and Carswell in England. However, most credit for the detailed descriptions of both clinical and pathological aspects of MS goes to Jean Martin Charcot, from the Salpetriere in Paris towards the end of that century. Charcot's descriptions of ...

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