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October 1943


Author Affiliations


From the Neurological Service of the Cincinnati General Hospital, and the Department of Internal Medicine (Neurology) of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Arch NeurPsych. 1943;50(4):431-438. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1943.02290220061004

Life charts have been made for 55 patients with multiple sclerosis since the onset of their illness. The simple and graphic portrayal of the major exacerbations and remissions in a series of cases of multiple sclerosis aids one in understanding the clinical types and their prognosis and in evaluating the treatment of the disease. This type of vivid illustration makes it possible to grasp the clinical problem of multiple sclerosis much more readily than can be done by other methods short of prolonged study of the cases themselves.

In the charts the duration of an episode in the course of disseminated sclerosis is represented by shading. This knowledge was obtained either by observation of the attack or by an estimation of its duration and nature from the history obtained from the patient or his family. Whenever feasible, the hospital record of an attack was followed up, or the physician who

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