"Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it."
G. de Santayana
Prof. Jürg Kesselring, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF)
To present a historical overview of some milestones in Multiple Sclerosis research in an exhibition illustrated by pictures may seem excessively extravagant at a time when on average two research papers on this disease are published every day and expect to be studied and classified in the context of what is already known.
All the same, we are convinced that this will encourage a wider audience to take an interest in this disease, to comprehend the pathways and errors of research, and in particular to gain a better understanding for those people who are affected by this disease and who have gained control of their life with it and in spite of it.
The symptoms of the disease, their basic principles at the tissue level, their consequences in the lives of those affected, their socio-medical significance and certain achievements in the area of therapy are presented in short texts and easily remembered images. All of these efforts are guided by the hope that the disease will become understandable to such an extent that effective preventive measures or curative therapies will become available soon.
However, this goal is achievable only if the scientific and psycho-social
efforts are directed at it in a co-ordinated way and are supported by benevolent
understanding and the necessary funding. We hope that the present compilation
can represent a useful step along this road.
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