Multiple sclerosis: a cure or a contradiction?

Inconsistent science leaves patients guessing



Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease. An Italian study seems to offer a cure. Small wonder that sufferers are queuing for the operation that it suggests – and that some surgeons are offering to perform it and offer “liberation”– for a fee. But are the hopes and operations justified? As Stephanie Kovalchik reports, a statistical contradiction at the heart of the theory has still to be resolved.