In her blog post “Coming Out”, Meg talks about whether or not to share her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and calling it MS instead of multiple sclerosis because it’s easier to say. http://www.bbhwithms.com/coming-out/#comment-8832
Ironic, isn’t it, that they discover a disease that includes speech problems as a symptom and labeled it with a name nobody can easily say, especially those who have it!?!
Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot became the first person credited with identifying multiple sclerosis as a disease. He called the disease sclerose en plaques. I’m certain he couldn’t have predicted the long-term effects of his label.
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE TERM, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?
Multiple sclerosis comes from the Latin word “multi” meaning “many,” the Latin word “plus” meaning “fold,” and the Greek word “sklerosis” meaning “hardness.” Put the terms together and you have “many fold hardness.” So multiple sclerosis refers to multiple hardenings in the brain and spine. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090216101607AA2RqXY
“Many fold hardness”? Really? The French or Greek word for torturer might be more suitable.
Most medications have a scientific name and a household name. Couldn’t multiple sclerosis have a kinder, gentler label for patient use? In all the years since this condition was identified, it’s a wonder that nobody has renamed it with a better, easier to pronounce name. Maybe it’s not too late. Perhaps a pharmaceutical company could run a contest and the winner could be awarded with a year’s supply of medication or a flashy wheelchair.
Submit your ideas today; but please, no more than two syllables.