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Gulf war syndrome may be post-conflict dysfunction

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 13 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:914
  1. Roger Gabriel, consultant physician.,
  2. J P G Bolton, medical adviser.,
  3. Amanda J Bale, database manager.,
  4. Harry A Lee, head, Gulf veterans' medical assessment programme.
  1. Gulf veterans' medical assessment programme
  2. Gulf veterans' medical assessment programme
  3. Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Unit, Ministry of Defence, London SE1 0TD

    EDITOR—We have read the results of the questionnaire based study by Chalder et al from the Gulf war research unit at King's College.1 They found that 17% of the 2961 Gulf war veterans believe themselves to be suffering from Gulf war syndrome, although the group has found no evidence to support such a syndrome.2 The veterans' belief was reinforced if they knew someone with similar symptoms. We believe that this represents post-conflict dysfunction expressed according to health beliefs prevailing at the …

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