Jean-Martin Charcot Multiple Sclerosis

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Like many other diseases, multiple sclerosis existed long before it had a name. A Dutch saint named Lidwina, who died in 1433, may have been one of the first known MS patients. After she fell while ice skating, she developed symptoms such as excruciating pain, blinding headaches, problems walking and paralysis. Her condition got worse over the course of her life, but she did have remissions. Another well-known potential MS patient was a grandson of King George III, who described his symptoms in a diary that he kept until his death in 1848.

In 1838, Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot became the first person credited with identifying multiple sclerosis as a disease. Charcot was a French scientist, instructor, and physician who is claimed by some to be
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