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Chronic fatigue and its syndromes

Chronic fatigue and its syndromes

Wessely, Simon; Hotopf, Matthew; Sharpe, Michael

Chronic fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS - also known as ME) has been the subject of intense media debate over recent years. Such interest has been partially due to the scarcity of professional and scientific explorations of the topic - what is it, and what causes it? One school of thought argues that there is no medical basis to chronic fatigue and hence any such investigation is fruitless. An alternative view is that we should look at CFS purely as a physical problem, and that to attempt any psychological perspective is to trivialize the illness in the eyes of the sufferers.;This text presents a comprehensive review of the problem of chronic fatigue, mixing medical, psychological, social, and historical perspectives. The book examines the historical origins of CFS, considering the epidemiology, and the various aetiological theories for the condition - viral, immunological, psychological, psychiatric, and neurological. The book concludes with a clinical section discussing the assessment and treatment of CFS

Book. English.
Published Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998
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Statement of responsibility: Simon Wessely, Matthew Hotopf, Michael Sharpe
ISBN: 0192621815, 9780192621818
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: xviii,416p : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subject: Chronic fatigue syndrome.