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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: When Suffering Is Multiplied

ME/CFS: Past, Present and Future

Royal Free Hospital, London W1G 9PF, UK
University Hospital of North Durham, Durham DH1 1QN, UK
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Academic Editors: Kenneth J. Friedman, Lucinda Bateman and Kenny Leo De Meirleir
Healthcare 2021, 9(8), 984;
Received: 10 June 2021 / Revised: 23 July 2021 / Accepted: 25 July 2021 / Published: 3 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue ME/CFS – the Severely and Very Severely Affected)
This review raises a number of compelling issues related to the condition of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). Some historical perspective is necessary in order to highlight the nature of the controversy concerning its causation. Throughout history, a pattern tends to repeat itself when natural phenomena require explanation. Dogma usually arrives first, then it is eventually replaced by scientific understanding. The same pattern is unfolding in relation to ME/CFS, but supporters of the psychological dogma surrounding its causation remain stubbornly resistant, even in the face of compelling scientific evidence to the contrary. Acceptance of the latter is not just an academic issue; the route to proper understanding and treatment of ME/CFS is through further scientific research rather than psychological theorisation. Only then will a long-suffering patient group benefit. View Full-Text
Keywords: myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) controversy, dogma; psychological causation myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) controversy, dogma; psychological causation
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