By Dr. T. Jock Murray MS
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During this elegantly written and accomplished heritage, we meet people who suffered with a number of sclerosis within the centuries ahead of the disorder had a reputation, together with blessed Lidwina of Holland, who took pleasure from her distress, believing that she used to be despatched to simply accept ache for the sins of others; Augustus, grandson of George III and cousin of Queen Victoria, whose case indicates how anyone with entry to the easiest of treatment of the age used to be understood and controlled; and Heinrich Heine, the good German poet, who additionally had entry to all scientific providers that have been on hand, yet who advanced into his bed grave in 20 years, conscious of the lack of actual skill whereas nonetheless capable of compose nice poetry to the top.
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Examination of the earliest cases that resemble MS can be instructive, revealing how chronic neurological disease was viewed and managed in an era when illness had a systemic rather than a focused pathological concept. Many of the cases suggested in the medical literature as early examples of MS can only be regarded as possible cases because of sketchy details; they are worth mentioning because they are so frequently raised in discussions of the history of the disease. 1 Lidwina was born on April 18, 1380 in Schiedam, Holland, the daughter of a laborer, and one of nine children.
Even the onset after her fall on the ice could be explained. If it was an abscess, Maeder argues the infection may have precipitated the attack of MS that paralyzed her legs. Another possibility is that this was a fall due to leg weakness, and the painful chest and subsequent paralysis were due to a transverse myelitis with band-like pain in the chest, interpreted as an internal abscess because of the local pain. Although it is often said that the plight of Lidwina is the first known case of MS, I am convinced that the evidence suggests elements of marked religiosity, mysticism, histrionic behavior, and even self-mutilation.
Prints by E. Gaskell. 11 Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie also saw Augustus d’Esté in consultation and recommended tincture of Lyttae and Spanish fly, which, unfortunately, had little effect. ) circulation, but because the illness is in the patient, it can frustrate the best medical therapy. They suggested he control his diet, keep his emotions calm, and keep his heart quiet. The therapy would be iron, mercury, and a period of rest in Brighton. John Scott recommended that d’Esté ride a horse every day as long as he could, and walk as long as possible.
Multiple Sclerosis: The History of a Disease by Dr. T. Jock Murray MS