From the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 9 April 2011
Papers, articles, editorials
Chronic fatigue syndrome: Labels, meanings and consequences
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In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 9 April 2011
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Wojtek Wojcik a, , David Armstrong b and Richard Kanaan a
a Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s
College London, London, UK
b Department of General Practice, King’s College London, London, UK
Received 20 December 2010; revised 31 January 2011; accepted 3 February
2011. Available online 9 April 2011.
In this month’s issue, we report a survey of members of the Association of British Neurologists, which asked if they viewed chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) as a neurological condition-84% of respondents did not. This is at odds with current classification in ICD-10. We discuss the difficulties of classifying CFS and myalgic encephalopmeylitis (ME), including historical and sociological factors, the pitfalls of the physical/psychological dichotomy and why classification matters to doctors and patients.