Trial By Error: “Bristol, It Is Time To Withdraw Your Complaints To Berkeley”

David Tuller



By David Tuller, DrPH

I have sent the following letter to Jane Bridgwater, Bristol University’s director of legal services and deputy university secretary.


Jane Bridgwater
Director of Legal Services and Deputy University Secretary
University of Bristol
Bristol, UK

Dear Ms Bridgwater:

I have raised multiple concerns in recent years about research conducted by Professor Esther Crawley, a pediatrician at the University of Bristol, into the illness or cluster of illnesses variously known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), CFS/ME, and ME/CFS, among other names. I have published my findings on Virology Blog, a science site hosted by Vincent Racaniello, Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University.

In June, Archives of Disease in Childhood, a BMJ journal, published a “notice of correction and clarification” that ran to around 3,000 words and covered multiple aspects of a study called “Clinical and cost-effectiveness of the Lightning Process in addition to specialist medical care for paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome: randomised controlled trial.” The review of this paper was triggered by a letter that Professor Racaniello sent to the journal on January 30, 2018. The letter itself was based on my examination of the study, which appeared on Virology Blog on December 13, 2017.


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