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Historical Note

A Norse Contribution to the History of Neurological Diseases

Holmøy T.

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Department of Neurology, Ullevål University Hospital, Oslo, Norway

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Trygve Holmøy

Department of Neurology

Ullevål University Hospital

NO–0047 Oslo (Norway)

Tel. +47 22 119 101, Fax +47 23 073 510, E-Mail trygve.holmoy@medisin.uio.no

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Eur Neurol 2006;55:57–58

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is prevalent in areas with many inhabitants of Scandinavian descent, and a ‘Viking gene’ hypothesis has been suggested for the dissemination of the disease. It is therefore relevant to search Norse sagas for descriptions of clinical pictures which could have been MS. The saga of Bishop Thorlak describes a woman named Halldora, who suffered from transient paresis between 1193 and 1198. The diagnosis is uncertain, but the story shows that symptoms associated with MS were known in Iceland at the end of the 11th century.

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Abstract of Historical Note

Received: September 21, 2005
Accepted: November 29, 2005
Published online: March 01, 2006
Issue release date: February 2006

Number of Print Pages: 2
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0014-3022 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9913 (Online)

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