By Brian Hughes in The Science Bit.
The newly released draft NICE guidelines for the management of “myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy)/chronic fatigue syndrome” continue to cause a stir.
And rightly so. The new guidelines not only repudiate a heretofore favoured treatment approach for a particular illness, they also threaten to discredit an entire (albeit quirky) branch of medicine — and, for good measure, to cast clouds over significant swathes of psychology too.
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Some of the content of the NICE documents is simply breathtaking. Here is an extract from expert testimony provided by Jonathan Edwards, professor emeritus of clinical medicine at University College London:
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