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September 8, 2004

Pharmacotherapy of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Another Gallant Attempt

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

JAMA. 2004;292(10):1234-1235. doi:10.1001/jama.292.10.1234

As the ability to treat the physical manifestations of many illnesses improves, physicians grapple more seriously with their emotional, social, and symptomatic dimensions. For example, palliative care is now a critical healing art, while oncology begins to contend with the long-term sequelae of the curative regimens for which it has labored so long to craft. Today, quality-of-life instruments and symptom rating scales are essential metrics of health status and outcomes.