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Medically Unexplained Symptoms, Somatisation and Bodily Distress: Developing Better Clinical Services (Cambridge Medicine (Hardcover))
Medically Unexplained Symptoms, Somatisation and Bodily Distress: Developing Better Clinical Services (Cambridge Medicine (Hardcover))
by Francis Creed
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £69.99

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Psychiatry in Denial, 31 Aug. 2011
"...I'm not a chronic fatigue doctor, but I have learned a lot about chronic fatigue in the last six months and have spoken to a lot of patients. I'm absolutely convinced that when you define this disease by proper criteria, this is a very serious and significant medical disease, and not a psychological disease. It has the characteristics of a viral disease. It usually starts with a viral like illness. If XMRV is not the causative agent--and it may well not be--there is still need by other groups to look for the next agent which may be the cause."

(Harvey Alter, co-discoverer of Hepatitis C and currently involved in ongoing research into a possible retroviral association with CFS, speaking at the Blood Products Advisory Committee Meeting, December 14, 2010. Several countries, including the U.S., now ban people with CFS from donating blood.)

"It smells like a viral disease." Ian Lipkin at the Whittemore Institute 6/24/11--John Snow Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Neurology and Pathology at Columbia University Medical Center

"Scientists have already uncovered a lot about ME, but this information does not reach professional healthcare personnel, and the disease is still not taken seriously." Luc Montagnier [..]

The psychiatrists who have advocated the use of the medically unexplained to promote the bogus mouthful of the biopsychosocial view of M.E. have been allowed to dominate the discussion of the illness. Why? Why is there a default position that empowers what can only be characterized as the most flaccid sort of thinking, while solid bio medical research is ignored and lives are either stolen or lost to death.

Simon Wessely and co. have encouraged a climate of cruelty, neglect, and ridicule while advancing their careers and profiting handsomely from the enterprise. They have used their influence to block biomedical research, claiming the lion's share of funding, particularly in the U.K.

Well, the game is up. The quotes above bear witness to a sea change that is occurring in how this illness is represented. On March 3rd, Dr. Jose Montoya said in a talk at Stanford University that it was his dream that the medical community would someday produce a formal apology to patients for not believing them all these years when they said they were facing a real illness.

This book is a guilty artifact of that bigotry. History will not look kindly on it


Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris
Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris
by Asti Hustvedt
Edition: Paperback

9 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One More Useful Idiot, 28 May 2011
"...I'm not a chronic fatigue doctor, but I have learned a lot about chronic fatigue in the last six months and have spoken to a lot of patients. I'm absolutely convinced that when you define this disease by proper criteria, this is a very serious and significant medical disease, and not a psychological disease. It has the characteristics of a viral disease. It usually starts with a viral-like illness. If XMRV is not the causative agent--and it may well not be--there is still need by other groups to look for the next agent which may be the cause."

(Harvey Alter, co-discoverer of Hepatitis C and currently involved in ongoing research into a possible retroviral association with CFS, speaking at the [U.S.] Blood Products Advisory Committee Meeting, December 14, 2010. Several countries, including the U.S., now ban people with CFS from donating blood.)

Asti Hustvedt has succumbed to the very forces of culturally enforced repression that she ostensibly deplores. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and categorized by the W.H.O. as a neurological disease, has been framed as a psychiatric illness by a small cabal of psychiatrists and their institutional enablers, both government and academic. They are the disseminators of a particularly destructive, willfully ignorant trope that has deprived very sick people of both care and medical research; Hustvedt's view, and others like it, have perpetuated what amounts to human rights abuses.


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