Melvin Ramsay

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Doctor A. Melvin Ramsay was consultant physician in Infectious Diseases at the Royal Free Hospital in London, United Kingdom, where an outbreak of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) occurred in 1955. He is considered the foremost expert on the outbreak and later examined similar outbreaks occurring in other cities and countries. In 1985, Dr. Ramsay published a case definition of the illness called the Ramsay definition.[1] Throughout his life, he was committed to public and professional education about the illness and to dispelling misconceptions that the illness was of psychological origin.

Books[edit | edit source]

Journal publications[edit | edit source]

  • 1990, Myalgic encephalomyelitis--a persistent enteroviral infection?[2] (Free Text)
  • 1979, Clinical and biochemical findings in ten patients with benign myalgic encephalomyelitis[3] (Full Text)
  • 1978, 'Epidemic neuromyasthenia' 1955-1978 (Full Text)
  • 1977, Letter to the editor - Icelandic disease (benign myalgic encephalomyelitis or Royal Free disease) by Melvin Ramsay, Elizabeth Dowsett, J V Dadswell, W H Lyle, and J G Parish, in The BMJ (Full Text)
  • 1973, Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis[4] (No abstract available)
  • 1970, Correspondence - Epidemic malaise by N. D. Compston, H. E. Dimsdale, Melvin Ramsay, and A. T. Richardson, in The BMJ (Full Text)
  • 1965, Correspondence - Eclipse of hysteria by Dr Betty Scott and Melvin Ramsay, in The BMJ {(Full Text)
  • 1965, Correspondence - Hysteria and "Royal Free Disease" by Melvin Ramsay, in The BMJ (Full Text)

ME Association[edit | edit source]

Dr. Ramsay helped create the ME Association in 1978.[5]

Online presence[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Postviral Fatigue States: The Saga of Royal Free Disease
  2. Dowsett, E. G., Ramsay, A. M., McCartney, R. A., & Bell, E. J. (1990). Myalgic encephalomyelitis--a persistent enteroviral infection? Postgraduate Medical Journal, 66(777), 526–530.
  3. Ramsay, A. M., & Rundle, A. (1979). Clinical and biochemical findings in ten patients with benign myalgic encephalomyelitis. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 55(650), 856–857.
  4. Ramsay AM. Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis. Br J Psychiatry. 1973 May;122(570):618-9.
  5. ME Association research 2015


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