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Letters Chronic fatigue syndrome

Severely affected, severely neglected

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 02 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1181
  1. Charles B Shepherd, honorary medical adviser1
  1. 1ME Association, Gawcott, Buckinghamshire MK18 4DF
  1. charles.c.shepherd{at}

    Santhouse and colleagues make several conclusions and observations that are over-simplistic, premature, or inaccurate.1

    Firstly, the media did use Lynn Gilderdale’s case to highlight the existence of severe chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and the desperate need for biomedical research into the underlying cause. But the coverage did not imply that CFS is a “commonly fatal” condition, and …

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