The Fairview MS Center has led the clinical fight against MS for over 25 years with a staff that has been stable over that time. It has seen the growth and development of organizations that have enhanced the lives of those with MS, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which provides ongoing support for those with MS, and the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, the leading organization providing support and education for the professionals who manage the disease.

The author wishes to acknowledge those organizations for consistency and growth in the expansion of knowledge in MS, and especially June Halper, M.S.N., A.N.P., F.A.A.N. (Executive Director of the Consortium of MS Centers and Director of the Gimbel MS Center in New Jersey) and Nancy Holland, Ed.D. (Vice President National MS Society) for all they have done for those with MS.

None of this could happen without a brilliant and caring staff of professionals in our office at Fairview: Brenda Brelje, R.N., Cindy Phair, R.N., M.A., Rosemary Nelson. R.N., Mary Grendahl, R.N., Maureen Daly, L.P.N., Roberta Shohn, and Marla Jadoonanan.

The author also wishes to acknowledge the assistance of Demos Medical Publishing and its publisher, Dr. Diana M. Schneider, and the stabilizing influence of my wife, Cathy Schapiro.

Randall T. Schapiro, M.D.

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