Thursday, January 08, 2009

Myasthenia Gravis in Oregon

Thanks to our good friends in the library of the National College of Natural Medicine just down the hill, we are today adding to the Subject Files a small folder of materials on the Oregon Chapter of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation (also called the Myathenia Gravis Association).

The national MG Foundation was established in 1952; four years later, an Oregon chapter was started by Mrs. Evans McLean, a local concert pianist whose career was ended by MG. A list of Trustees and members of the Medical Advisory Board, part a 1950s-era informational flyer (shown below), includes many names familiar to regular readers of this blog, including Robert S. Dow, M.D., Ph.D.:

While the Oregon chapter of MGF has since been absorbed into a Pacific Northwest Chapter, the Neuromuscular Disease Center at OHSU does maintain a clinic for patients with MG.

1 comment:

rkwirth said...

I want to commend you on the history of the Oregon Myasthenia Chapter. I am the person on the inside of this brochure by the Name of Ronald Wirth at age 14,I was part of the group that attended meetings at Mrs Mcleans home to help form the chapter. My doctor was Dr Robert S. Dow.for
My experience with MYASTHENIA GRAVIS was extensive
and many trips to Good Samaratin Hospital. I had a complete remission on 1957 due to the Power of Prayer.