Saga of Royal Free Disease by Dr Melvin Ramsay


Dr Ramsay did more than any other physician to legitimise this devastating disease. At the time, he stood out against a background of massive controversy and the might of conventional medical opinion. His description of the classic symptoms of M.E. has not been bettered, and his book is highly recommended.



‘Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Post Viral Fatigue States: the Saga of the Royal Free Disease’ by Dr Melvin Ramsay. This is a reprint of Dr Melvin Ramsay’s book to mark the 50th anniversary in 2005 of the outbreak at the Royal Free Hospital.

“Dr Ramsay’s description of the classic symptoms of ME has not been bettered. His account of early outbreaks of ME around the world has provided researchers with all kinds of clues about the way in which an apparently simple viral infection can lead to such a serious and disabling illness.

“The book has also proved to be a fascinating read for anyone with personal experience of the illness,” Dr Charles Shepherd, Hon. Medical Adviser, ME Association.

All profits from sales of the book go to The ME Association’s Ramsay Research Fund which supports research into the physical causes of M.E.

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