Pediatrics article causes concern

A new article about CFS in adolescents has been greeted with concern by many CFS researchers, clinicians and patients. “Report on a workshop on the epidemiology, natural history, and pathogenesis of chronic fatigue syndrome in adolescents” by Dr. Gary Marshall, published in the April 1999 issue of Journal of Pediatrics, reviews the April 1998 “state of the art” workshop on CFS in adolescents sponsored jointly by the CFS Coordinating Committee, the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health.

Of greatest concern, Dr. Marshall disputes most of the organic CFS research findings presented at the meeting (including the extensive research on tilt table testing in adolescents with CFS), but he does not seem to approach the psychological theories with such rigor.

We have asked many of the eminent scientists studying CFS in children and adolescents to write letters to the editor of the Journal of Pediatrics. If you would be interested in receiving a copy of this disappointing article, please send a legal-sized SASE with 55¢ postage to The CFIDS Association with a request for “Marshall Paper.”

– Rebecca C. Moore

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