Multiple sclerosis was first described by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot in 1868. After more than 140 years of research into the disease, much remains a mystery. There is no known cause, and as yet, no cure. However, there are treatments that can slow the progress of the disease and manage the symptoms, and new research is expanding our understanding of this unpredictable illness.
Use the navigation at the left to learn what is currently known about the disease, treatments, and the state of research. For more information on managing the disease, visit the Coping with MS section using the navigation above.