The History of ME



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The 1956 Lancet Editorial First Proposing the Name “Benign Myalgic Encephalomyelitis”
A New Clinical Entity
by  E.D. Acheson, D.M., M.R.C.P. (26 May 1956)

“From the purely practical standpoint it would be useful to have a name for this syndrome.  As the most helpful single feature in the recognition of this syndrome in the past has been  the predominately normal cerebrospinal fluid, the names which have already been  suggested, “Iceland disease” and “Akureyri disease,” are not really appropriate.  The objections to any but a purely descriptive name for a disorder without a known cause or established pathology are obvious.  For this reason, the term “benign myalgic encephalomyelitis” may be acceptable.” 


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