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Multiple Sclerosis: A Disease Acquired in Childhood.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;123(3):265-266. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110090135030.
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The story of multiple sclerosis (MS) is brought up to date in this little book of about 65 pages of charts and text. The bibliography is comprehensive and includes 316 references. Emphasis is placed on epidemiologic studies and particularly those of northern Ireland where MS is common. The area is considered high risk for multiple sclerosis.

Chapter 1 is devoted to diagnosis and discusses the differential possibilities. No mention is made of elevated antibody titers to measles virus in patients with MS. This finding has been confirmed in many laboratories including the virus laboratory in Queen's University in Belfast (reference 76).

Details of the epidemiology of MS are presented in chapter 2. The literature is reviewed in which emphasis has been given to the study of migrant populations to and from different risk areas throughout the world. The contention is that if born in a high risk area, the risk


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