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March 6, 1987

Multiple Sclerosis

JAMA. 1987;257(9):1249. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390090121046

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Fourteen authors in ten chapters consider the current state of the art and science of the frustrating disorder that is the major cause of disability among young and middle-aged adults. This authoritative monograph was written by persons impeccably qualified and is a tribute to the editors.

Many facets of multiple sclerosis (MS) are covered in depth sufficient to satisfy the clinician. I would estimate that researchers in the field would also be pleased with the chapters on the genetics, immunology, pathogenesis, and pathophysiology of the disease, chapters that may present problems to the relatively "pure" clinician. Like the others, they are well written and designed to broaden clinical understanding; their content is neither too much nor too little for the uninitiated but interested. Half the chapters end with a conclusion or a summary and all are followed by an appropriate list of references.

Having said that, I could cease and