Chronic Fatigue and its Syndromes by Simon WesselyChronic Fatigue and its Syndromes by Simon Wessely

Chronic Fatigue and its Syndromes

bySimon Wessely, Matthew Hotopf, Michael Sharpe

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as M.E) is an illness characterized by the symptom of chronic and severe fatigue, in the absence of an alternative medical condition. It has been the subject of intense media debate over recent years. Such interest has been partially due to the polarizationof professional and scientific opinion concerning the topic - what is it, and what causes it? Chonic Fatigue and its syndromes presents an objective and comprehensive review of the problem of chronic fatigue, mixing medical, psychological, social, and historical perspectives. It begins by considering the nature of fatigue, and its physical and psychological origins. The book thenintroduces the subject of CFS, tracing its historical origins, before considering the epidemiology, and the various aetiological theories for modern forms of the condition - viral, immunological, psychologica, psychiatric, and neurological. The book concludes with a clinical section that gives astep by step guide to the assessment and treatment of CFS. Throughout, the authors argue that chronic fatigue and its various syndromes cannot easily be pigeonholed into either physical or psychological categories, and that the ambiguous nature of the illness actually provides us with a valuable chance to explore contemporary attitutes to sickness andhealth, one not offered by better defined or classified disorders.

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Simon Wessely is at King's College School of Medicine, London. Matthew Hotopf is at Institute of Psychiatry, London.
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Title:Chronic Fatigue and its SyndromesFormat:PaperbackPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192630466

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The nature of fatigue2. Epidemiology of fatigue3. Physical mechanisms of fatigue4. Fatigue and emotional disorders5. Neurasthenia6. Chronic fatigue syndrome7. Chronic fatigue syndrome: definition, epidemiology, presentation, prognosis8. Muscle and nerve9. Viruses, immunity, and CFS10. Chronic fatigue syndrome and psychiatric disorders11. The neurobiology of CFS12. The role of psychological factors in CFS13. CFS in children14. Other fatigue syndromes15. Chronic fatigue syndrome: A social history of twentieth century illness16. Chronic fatigue syndrome: Assessment17. Treatment of CFS: The evidence18. The treatment of the patient with CFS19. Conclusions

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`'This comprehensive book will help interested physicians and other professionals to take a broad look at the evidence.The authors, clinically experienced in dealing wtih chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), take a balanced look at its biopsychosocial foundations...it is comprehensive with manyrecent references, and it takes a critical approach to the literature...I found this book helpful in my clinical practice. It will appeal to all physicians and professionals who treat patients suffering from chronic fatigue.''Brian Feldman, Annals of the royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada vol.32, no.1, Feb.1999