St. Lidwina of Schiedam (1380-1433)

Possibly the earliest known descriptions of a case of Multiple Sclerosis referred to the woman depicted in this woodcut, St. Lidwina of Schiedam. Lidwina lived in 14th century Holland and historical texts reveal that she was afflicted with a debilitating disease, sharing many characteristics with MS.

St Lidwina’s disease began soon after a fall while skating, at the age of 16. From that time onwards, she developed walking difficulties, headaches and violent pains in her teeth. By the age of 19, both her legs were paralysed and her vision was disturbed. Over the next 34 years, Lidwina's condition slowly deteriorated, although with apparent periods of remission, until eventually she died at the age of 53.

St Lidwina's symptoms were consistent with those of MS, as were the age of onset, duration and course of disease. Together these factors suggest that a posthumous diagnosis of MS may be plausible, therefore dating MS back to the 14th century.

==> Sir Augustus d'Esté (1794-1848)

Latest News

More news

What's hot

Skydive_signpost_1

Skydive for MS in 2019

Can you imagine the adrenalin rush after jumping out of a plane at 10,000FT? Well wonder no more! Sign up to our Skydive for MS in 2019 and find out for yourself!

Find out more

Events Calendar

» Our next Event

25 February 2019: Weekly Physiotherapy Strand A for people with MS, starts 14th Janurary until 1st April 

View all events

eNEWS SIGNUP

If you'd like to receive e-news updates from The Society please enter your email address below. If you want to know more about how we manage personal data then please see our privacy policy.

My local MSI

Map of MS Ireland's service areas South Mid West West Midlands South East North East North West North Dublin City and Fingal South West Dublin and Kildare South East Dublin and Wicklow