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An excellent resource from Dr Byron Hyde MD (editor).
This book is the one and only M.E. textbook. This book is essential reading for anyone with M.E., or an interest in M.E. Buy this book!!!
Not all of the many chapters in this book are worthwhile or still current, BUT this book is well worth the price and the 5 stars even if only for the five or six chapters written by Dr Hyde, unarguably the world's leading M.E. expert.
I'd also highly recommend you check out Dr Hyde's more recent writings. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
As Dr Hyde explains, M.E. is not 'CFS.'
"At the first meeting on the 27th of October 2005, the Chairman of the
Joint Committee, Dr Ian Gibson, asked me to prepare a report and
definition that might assist the committee in its further deliberations.
The following are my original recommendation. Dr Bruce Carruthers, who
chaired the 2003 Canadian Clinical Case Definition for M.E./CFS, was
also present when I gave this definition. I strongly disagreed with Dr
Caruthers in the merging the definitions of M.E. and CFS since on the
basis of the physical total body assessment of both M.E. and CFS
patients; these two names represent two entirely different spectrums of
It is increasingly obvious that too much importance was being
placed upon the definitions of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), and not
enough upon the actual disease, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.). These
two illness spectrums are not the same and should not be considered to
be the same. Nor is there any doubt in my mind that the various
definitions of CFS actively impede physicians' ability to make a rapid
and rational diagnosis as well as a scientific confirmation of any
testable illness. Such is not true of M.E. where a rapid and rational
diagnosis can be made that can be confirmed by laboratory and other
DR BYRON HYDE 2011
"One has to cease believing that M.E. resembles or is the same as CFS.
One has to cease believing those who patent virus and infectious agents
for profit are necessarily going to tell the truth. If one looks only at
M.E. and the diagnostic principles outlined above it is obvious that
only one group of viruses can fit the picture as the causal agent of
M.E. and those are the enterovirus family. There are no known patents on
this group of viruses."
DR BYRON HYDE 2011
Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E.