Chronic fatigue syndrome was first described in the early 1980s, and it affects an estimated two and a half million Americans. For many years, doctors’ tests couldn’t find an explanation for patients’ symptoms, so they were dismissed as “nothing wrong.” But a growing body of research reveals plenty of things going wrong in chronic fatigue syndrome.
“Over the last 35 years, there have been over 9,000 scientific publications that compare people with the illness to healthy people of the same age and sex,” explained Anthony Komaroff, a professor at Harvard Medical School and senior physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “And they find a whole variety of abnormalities.”
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