Disentangling common characteristics is not so easy

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7012.1093 (Published 21 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1093
  1. Charles Shepherd
  1. Honorary medical adviser, ME Association Chalford Hill, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 8EH

    EDITOR,--Over the past few years I have seen a growing number of patients with the chronic fatigue syndrome who have been told by psychiatrists and psychologists that abnormal illness behaviour and psychosocial factors are the main factors perpetuating their disability. Few patients have accepted or believed this explanation; neither have I. The ME Association now has evidence that the fashionable theory …

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