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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 careful exploratory study, Dr Fukuda and colleagues1 conclude that the chronic multisymptom condition of deployed veterans "was not associated with specific [Gulf War] exposures and also affected nondeployed personnel." While some experts may feel that stress explains the veterans' illnesses, there is another possibility.

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