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The ‘Attack of the Demyelinator’
  1. Simon Russell1,
  2. Thomas Moon2,
  3. David Bargiela3,
  4. Elisaveta Sokolov4,
  5. Peter G Bain5
  1. 1Boing, Brighton, UK
  2. 2Department of Surgery, Royal Sussex County Hospital and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton, UK
  3. 3Department of Cardiology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne NHS Trust, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK
  4. 4Department of Anaesthetics, St Thomas Hospital, Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust, London, UK
  5. 5Department of Neurosciences, Imperial College London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Peter G Bain, Department of Neurosciences, Charing Cross Hospital Campus, Imperial College London, London W6 8RF, UK; p.bain{at}

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Here we present a novel way of accessing medical students and junior doctors and thus breaking down the much discussed and dreaded ‘neurophobia’ that is rampant in our medical schools and hospitals.1

In this comic strip entitled ‘The Attack of the Demyelinator’ we attempt to temper ‘neurophobia’ by enticing the student through graphic art. Allowing important concepts such as demyelination, the medial longitudinal fasciculus, the McDonald criteria for the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, optic neuritis, nystagmus, oligoclonal bands, and steroid treatment to be introduced in a more vivid and digestible way (figure 1).

Figure 1

The ‘Attack of the Demyelinator’ comic strip.

We hope that this format might take the study of neurology into a relaxed environment that prompts students into ‘banter’ about different aspects of neurology, including specific diseases, …

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  • Contributors SR: created the images. TM, DB and ES: created the plot. PGB: developed the concept and supervised the project. SR, TM, DB, ES and PGB were all involved in the revision process and approved the final version.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed. This paper was reviewed by Neil Scolding, Bristol, UK, Silas Fuller, Cardiff, UK, and Lucy Whitton, Cheltenham, UK.

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