Chronic Fatigue and its Syndromes

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Chronic Fatigue and its Syndromes
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Author Simon Wessely, Matthew Hotopf, Michael Sharpe
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Medical textbook, biopsychosocial model
Genre Medical
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication date
1999
Media type print
Pages 448
ISBN 978-0192630469

Chronic Fatigue and its Syndromes is a book by Simon Wessely, Matthew Hotopf, and Michael Sharpe.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been the subject of intense media debate over recent years. Such interest has been partially due to the scarcity of professional and scientific explorations of the topic - what is it, and what causes it? One school of thought argues that there is no medical basis to chronic fatigue and hence any such investigation is fruitless. An alternative view is that we should look at CFS purely as a physical problem, and that to attempt any psychological perspective is to trivialize the illness in the eyes of the sufferers. Chronic Fatigue and Its Syndromes presents a comprehensive review of the problem of chronic fatigue, mixing medical, psychological, social, and historical perspectives.

The book examines the historical origins of CFS, considering the epidemiology, and the various aetiological theories for the condition - viral, immunological, psychological, psychiatric, and neurological. The book concludes with a clinical section discussing the assessment and treatment of CFS. Throughout, the authors argue that chronic fatigue and its various syndromes cannot easily be pigeon holed into physical or psychological categories, and that the ambiguous nature of the illness actually provides us with a valuable chance to explore contemporary attitudes to sickness and health, one not offered by better defined or classified disorders.

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