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March 1995

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Columbus, Ohio

Arch Neurol. 1995;52(3):234-235. doi:10.1001/archneur.1995.00540270022010

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As the first sentence in the preface states, "This book covers a controversial topic." Indeed it does.

Reading this book will remind neurologists of our uncertainties not just regarding chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) but also regarding the basic measurement of fatigue and the significance of the fibromyalgic pain syndrome. The editors are neurologists, and surely neurologists can usefully work in clinical areas we currently dread, such as CFS, back pain, and fibromyalgia. The book will undoubtedly be interesting, even useful, to lay groups active in CFS, and this reviewer believes it is a good basic source for references. Since the time of Beard in 1869, there has been interest in whatever the current label for "neurasthenia" might be. Many remember chronic hypoglycemia, chronic infectious mononucleosis, or even "tired blood," but mixed with such borderline or dubious entities there remains a nub of concern to all neurologists. This book refers repeatedly

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