Good general care may offer as much benefit as cognitive behaviour therapy

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7038.1096a (Published 27 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1096
  1. Charles Shepherd
  1. Honorary medical adviser ME Association, Stanford le Hope, Essex SS17 0HA

    EDITOR,—Successful outcomes have been reported from controlled clinical trials of an eclectic range of treatments—from immunotherapy to magnesium supplementation—for the chronic fatigue syndrome.1 Unpublished data suggest that equal success can be achieved with some forms of alternative therapy (for example, homoeopathy) when patients believe strongly in the approach. Most physicians, however, continue to view all such results with healthy scepticism. An equally cautious view needs to be taken when assessing Michael Sharpe and colleagues' study of cognitive behaviour …

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