Definitions and aetiology of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME): How the Canadian Consensus Clinical Definition of ME Works

Journal: Journal of Clinical Pathology, published online 25 Aug 2006 Author: Bruce Carruthers DOI:10.1136/jcp.2006.042754

A perspective on the various definitions of ME and the process of discovering its aetiology has been taken. The importance of clinical guidelines has been emphasised to encourage clinicians to provide the clear descriptions of their individual patients required for proper clinical activity; diagnosis, estimation of severity of impact, prognosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. This individual knowledge is informed by general and (hopefully) publicly confirmed knowledge resulting from scientific research during the second person interaction which lies at the core of the clinical encounter. Both types of knowledge are essential.

Key Words: Canadian Clinical Definition, Myalgic encephalomyelitis

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