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Chronic fatigue and its syndromes

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 09 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:133
  1. Richard Mayou, professor of psychiatry.
  1. Warneford Hospital, Oxford

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    Oxford University Press, £25, pp 416

    ISBN 0 19 262181 5

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    This is an important book. The preface warns that it may offend those with strong beliefs that chronic fatigue is an exclusively physical syndrome or that it is entirely of psychological origins. Any who are offended will have been exceptionally resistant to the scholarship and the weight and breadth of the evidence as well as to a readable style that has more vigour and humanity than is usual in medical monographs.

    The authors fully accept chronic fatigue syndrome as a real illness and one …

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