Feb 15, 2018
We've abused the term, 'idiopathic.' Not all clinical conditions
have to have an unclear cause. More and more, we are finding out
the answers. This week, using transverse myelitis as an example,
Dr. Clyde Markowitz shares his experience in working up unknown
etiologies of spinal cord inflammation.
Produced by James E. Siegler. Music by Quantum Jazz, Rui, and
Steve Combs. Voiceover by Erika Mejia. BrainWaves' podcasts and
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