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Multiple Sclerosis: The History of a Disease
Jock Murray, M.D.

Book Details:
Published: 2005
ISBN: 1-888799-80-3
Format: Softcover
Pages: 576
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
Regular Price: US$29.95
Web Discount Price: US$25.46

Editorial Review:
The newly published Multiple Sclerosis: The History of a Disease by T. Jock Murray M.D. is an elegantly written and comprehensive history of the disease. In this book we meet individuals who suffered with MS in the centuries before the disease had a name and explore how progress in diagnosing and managing multiple sclerosis has paralleled the development of medical science.

Dr. Murray takes us on a fascinating journey of discovery, and introduces us to many historical figures that may or may not have suffered from this debilitating disease.

The First MS Patient?
Lidwina the Virgin of Schiedam, Holland may have been the first known case of multiple sclerosis. On February 2, 1396, while ice-skating on a frozen canal, she fell and broke the ribs on her right side. Healing was slow and she soon began to exhibit other symptoms including violent pain in her teeth, blindness in one eye, and paralysis in her right arm. Lidwina interpreted these ailments as a sign that she was called to be a victim for the sins of others and her suffering became her joy. Saint Lidwina was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1890. She is the patron of sickness and because of her skating background, the patron saint of ice skaters. The United States Figure Skating Association even has a medal featuring a picture of Lidwina!

About the Author:
Jock Murray, M.D.
Dr. Murray is Professor of Medical Humanities at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and Director of the Dalhousie MS program. Dr. T. Jock Murray has served as an officer in numerous Canadian and U.S. medical organizations. The recipient of many awards, including the Neilson Award from the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine for contributions to medical history. Dr. Murray is an outstanding teacher as well as clinician with an avid interest in the history of medicine. He was awarded the Canada 125th Anniversary Medal and has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Murray and his wife Janet have four children and five grandchildren. He has written more 200 medical books and articles, including Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed and a textbook of neurology now in its fourth edition.

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