10% Off $75 Orders! Use Code SAVE10P Shop Now
One use per customer. Not available with Autoship. Expires 5/28/18.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): a 20th century illness?

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (46 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5)

The chronic fatigue syndrome has become the fin de siecle

illness, now getting similar attention to that of

neurasthenia, which dominated medical thinking at the turn of

the century. Myalgic encephalomyelitis was an early term

introduced in the United Kingdom in 1957 for this state, but

it had little or no public or professional prominence. Until

then “chronic fatigue had become invisible”, with “no name, no

known etiology, no case illustrations or clinical accounts in

the medical textbook, no ongoing research activity–nothing to

relate it to current medical knowledge”.

The reconstruction of

chronic fatigue began in the mid-1980s, with the emergence of

“chronic Epstein-Barr virus syndrome”, which was later

converted to chronic fatigue syndrome. The former term, which

first emerged in the mid-1980s, is now regarded as a misnomer

and should be abandoned. In the popular American literature

the term “chronic fatigue and immune deficiency syndrome” is

preferred by the most active of the patient lobbies, while

myalgic encephalomyelitis continues to be the usual label in

the United Kingdom. The relevant research linking chronic

fatigue syndrome with somatization is reviewed in this

article. Understanding the nature of somatization can still

shed some light on the meaning of chronic fatigue at the end

of the 20th century.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (46 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5)

Leave a Reply