Multiple Sclerosis: The History of a Disease by Dr. T. Jock Murray MS

By Dr. T. Jock Murray MS

In this elegantly written and accomplished historical past, we meet people who suffered with a number of sclerosis within the centuries sooner than the affliction had a reputation, together with blessed Lidwina of Holland, who took pleasure from her distress, believing that she used to be despatched to just accept discomfort for the sins of others; Augustus, grandson of George III and cousin of Queen Victoria, whose case indicates how an individual with entry to the simplest of therapy of the age used to be understood and controlled; and Heinrich Heine, the nice German poet, who additionally had entry to all clinical prone that have been to be had, yet who improved into his bed grave in 20 years, conscious of the lack of actual skill whereas nonetheless in a position to compose nice poetry to the top. From those early instances the writer demonstrates how development in diagnosing and handling a number of sclerosis has paralleled the improvement of clinical technology, from the early advancements in sleek reviews of anatomy and pathology, to the framing of the affliction within the 19th century, and at last to trendy prognosis and remedy.

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After his second episode, a year after the initial blurring, he was sent to a spa at Driburg, where he Augustus d’Esté’s Debility “At Florence I began to suffer from a confusion of sight: - about the 6th of November the malady increased to the extent of my seeing all objects double. Each eye had its separate visions. - Dr. Kissock supposed bile to be the cause: I was twice blooded from the temple by leeches: - purges were administered; One Vomit and twice I lost blood from the arm: one of the times it was with difficulty that the blood was obtained.

Woodcut from “Vita alme virginis Lidwine” by Jan Brugman, 1498. ) (Courtesy of Dr. G. De Wilde, of the University of Leiden, a reconstructed portrait was made from the appearance of her skull by A. Mutsaars. (Courtesy of Dr. 2 Some three years later, she realized that she was called to be a victim for the sins of others. Her suffering would be her joy, and she even took steps to increase her discomfort, such as sleeping on planks instead of her feather bed. She said she would reject recovery even if it could be achieved by praying one Hail Mary.

He then got around in a bath chair, but found his leg spasms and fatigue were so marked that he was only comfortable in bed. On the last page of his diary, for Monday, December 17, we sense his positive nature, and his euphoric mood: “Having received a Present of Indian Moccassins I put them on: - and I walk in them without my Left-Foot, which some time ago always turned outwards at the Ankle joint unless supported by a SteeleUpright, showing any disposition so to do - surely this is a decided Improvement!

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