Disagreements still exist over the chronic fatigue syndrome

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7074.146 (Published 11 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:146
  1. Charles Shepherd, Medical directora
  1. aME Association, Stanford le Hope, Essex SS17 0HA

    Editor–Although the ME Association welcomes the royal colleges' unequivocal conclusion that the chronic fatigue syndrome is a genuine and disabling condition,1 we also agree that their report will “engender disagreement on both sides of the Atlantic.”2 We have no problem in accepting that the alternative name for the condition–myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)–is pathologically incorrect, and this is a matter that we now intend to address. However, labels are important to patients as well as doctors, and support groups throughout the world …

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