Believed to affect around 7 of every 1,000 individuals in the United States, the neurological disease multiple sclerosis can damage nerve tissue, destroy muscle, cause blindness, and take away the ability to walk. As the awareness of MS has increased, the desire to find a cure has become an organized cause. Funds for research have increased significantly. This work provides an historical overview of MS and those who have lived with and died from it, as well as medical treatments prescribed throughout the known history of the disease. It includes a listing of autobiographies, biographies, novels, videos, studies and films that concern multiple sclerosis, as well as an appendix of treatments.
Swiderski, a teacher who was diagnosed with MS in 1991, provides an overview of the history and peculiar geography of MS<-->from the first illustrations of MS lesions by Carswell and Cruveilhier; to the 1947 discovery of possibly the earliest case of MS (a skeleton from the early 15th century); to a discussion of MS as portrayed in fairly recent novels and films. Includes an extensive bibliography and a list of attempted treatments. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Richard M. Swiderski lives in San Rafael, California. He works as a consultant, and investigates civil rights complaints against employers for the state of California. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1991.