Why another book on multiple sclerosis? To us, the reason was obvious - the terrain of multiple sclerosis (MS) is vast and ever-changing. So much is happening that concepts forged just 2 years ago are already passe. Whether viewed from the platform of the health professional responsible for the day-to-day care of the patient or the scientist working to unravel what makes this a unique disease, MS has over the last decade evolved into a condition necessitating multidisciplinery approaches to both its management and understanding. One needs only to peruse the profiles of the personnel associated with an MS care center (particularly one located in an academic setting) to appreciate the enormous array of skills and treatments now available to the patient. For the scientific investigator, the rapidity of developments in recent years has been quite intimidating as genetics, immunology and molecular biology have assumed center stage, a fact reflected daily in our language, tools and techniques. In short, MS is a moving target and, as a consequence, we need to keep adjusting our sights.
This book is the latest adjustment.