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The TurnstoneA Doctor's Story$
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Geoffrey Dean

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237570

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314292

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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

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(p.133) Chapter 15 Multiple Sclerosis
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The Turnstone
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853237570.003.0015

This chapter focuses on the author's twenty-year study of multiple sclerosis (MS) in South Africa beginning in 1947, which found that MS was relatively common in South Africa among immigrants from the United Kingdom and Northern Europe – more than 50 per 100,000 of the population. In contrast, among the English-speaking white South African-born it was only one-quarter, and among the Afrikaans-speaking white South African-born only one-eleventh as frequent as among the immigrants from Europe. The eleven-fold difference in the prevalence of MS in 1967 between the immigrants from the United Kingdom and Northern Europe and the Afrikaans-speaking white South African-born, who are also of Northern European stock, suggests that there must be an environmental factor which caused MS. There is good evidence that a genetic predisposition to MS is also a factor.

Keywords:   South Africa, epidemiology, immigrants, Afrikaans, Europeans

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