Orthodoxy on trial: the pathogenesis of a diagnosis

June 7, 2021

David J Black looks at the shameful treatment of ME/CFS sufferers in the Scottish Legal News.

He outlines how orthodoxy can be the enemy of medical progress and runs through examples from history before moving on to examining how the consistent mis-labelling of ME/CFS has resulted in people being unable to receive the appropriate care from the NHS.

The article is divided into four parts and can be read from these links

Orthodoxy on trial: the pathogenesis of a diagnosis

Orthodoxy on trial II: Dominance by induction

Orthodoxy on trial III: Did flawed science beget flawed law?

Orthodoxy on trial IV: So long, psychogenia – but not quite yet

GET was a particularly contentious treatment which required patients suffering from extreme exhaustion to undertake exercise routines, often resulting in ‘post-exertional malaise burn-out’ and a further deterioration of health. Not only was GET of limited efficacy. It could be downright dangerous

For the avoidance of doubt, it is generally settled and agreed that the psychogenic orthodoxy is now a dead parrot. ME/CFS no longer labours under the comprehensive linear classification that it is a medically unexplained “aberrant illness belief” which confines it to psychiatry

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