It’s Time For Doctors To Apologise To Their ME Patients

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By Dr Charles Shepherd in The Telegraph.

For too long the medical community has dismissed ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ as a mental illness which can be cured with therapy and exercise.

Back in 1955, a mysterious polio-like illness affected 262 doctors and nurses at London’s Royal Free Hospital. The hospital had to close for just over three months.

The outbreak was written up in The Lancet and a new neurological disease entered medical language: myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME, as it still remains in the WHO Classification of Diseases. “Myalgic” referred to the muscle symptoms; “encephalomyelitis” referred to the various neurological symptoms.

 

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