Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—Although a book review
is generally a subjective treatise, I nevertheless must take exception when
it contains erroneous statements. Such is the case with Dr Loudon's review
of The Night Side: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Illness
Experience.1The author may indeed
believe that "chronic fatigue illness [sic] is usually caused by a specific
category of psychological distress" but for this statement to appear unchallenged
in the same journal that has otherwise featured scholarly articles on the
and disappointing. Espousal of such views exemplifies the dismissive reaction
encountered by many patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a "get-out-of-my-office"
attitude that not only delays appropriate care, but indeed can ultimately
be perceived as "crazy making."
Wallace MT. Seeking Answers to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. JAMA. 1998;279(21):1697-1698. doi:10.1001/jama.279.21.1697