I was born in 1950. In 1956 - 1960, I went to elementary school, and in 1960 - 1968 I was student at the classical Ludwig – Georgs - Gymnasium in Darmstadt, Germany. In the following years 1968 - 1974, I studied medicine at the University of Frankfurt on Main, Germany. In 1975 - 1992, I was resident and, from 1992 - 2000, specialist in neurology at the Academic Teaching Hospital in Darmstadt, Germany. At first, until December 1979, I worked in patient care. Since 1980 I was responsible, in the same hospital, as leading physician in a long - term research project on the epidemiology of multiple sclerosis (MS). During that time, I had visited and interrogated more than 1,000 MS patients, and I published many scientific papers on MS. I was also engaged in teaching activities for medical students.