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A review of the aetiology of multiple sclerosis: an ecological approach.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of human biology
Publication Date
Volume
18
Issue
2
Pages
95–112
Identifiers
PMID: 2024951
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of unknown aetiology characterized by myelin destruction. Approaches to the aetiology of the condition have noted its differential geographic and demographic distribution; a tentative and inconsistent link with infectious agents; a genetic susceptibility; and a tendency to track with dietary lipids. This review proposes a multidisciplinary approach to the aetiology of MS, emphasizing the interlocking and interdependent nature of current aetiological arguments. We suggest that the most profitable interpretation of current empirical data on the aetiology of MS can be accomplished through this kind of analysis.

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