ms history lesson

a very interesting little excerpt from the blog opportunity is always present in the midst of crisis:

Multiple Sclerosis (once known as creeping paralysis) was once considered a mental disorder caused by female hysteria and the removal of women’s ovaries or wombs was not unheard of. This view meant little or no extensive research was conducted into the mysteries of MS, until very recent times. This led to the misguided conclusion in 1920 that men were more susceptible to MS, because women were mistakenly diagnosed as suffering with hysteria. Only recently has research shown MS to be neurobiological rather than psychological, resulting in a very different attitude towards MS patients. Other disorders once considered psychiatric: Parkinson’s disease, asthma, and epilepsy – to name a few.

I did not know that. it is amazing 1) the stuff we used to do to each other out of ignorance, and 2) how far we’ve come., and 3) how far we still have to go.

thanks, cheeza!


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stephen harris is a writer, painter and a photographer who lives with his family in maine.

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