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July 28, 1999

Chronic Multisystem Illness Among Gulf War Veterans

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(4):327-329. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-4-jbk0728

To the Editor: In their exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses of symptoms of US Air Force Gulf War veterans, Dr Fukuda and colleagues1 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) replicated 2 of the 3 syndromes that we identified by factor analysis in Gulf War veterans of a US Naval reserve unit.2 Their syndrome factors 1 and 2 are virtually identical to our factors 1 and 3 (Table 1).

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