Saturday, September 3, 2011
The blindness of Simon Wessely to international biomedical research
letter in the Spectator:
Sir: I’m concerned that Simon Wessely and his colleagues have suffered harassment, but am also concerned that anyone who legitimately criticises their ideas and methods could be labelled as ‘extremist’. Simon Wessely fails to mention that there is an ongoing debate between the ‘biopsychosocial’ model of CFS, favoured by psychiatrists like himself, and the biomedical model of ME/CFS, supported by many international researchers and clinicians.
His article serves to raise the profile of one opinion whilst effectively stifling debate and dissent over treatment.
For instance, he suggests that the treatments he recommends are effective, but doesn’t acknowledge that this is contested by both large-scale patient surveys and a significant body of international research.
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See also: Premorbid risk markers for growing nose syndrome in a large cohort of CBT psychiatrists
See also: Cerebrospinal fluid profiles can differentiate between Lyme disease, ME/CFS and healthy controls
See also: The main characteristic of ME is an abnormally delayed muscle recovery after doing trivial things, if you don't have that, you don't have ME