Colin McEvedy

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Dr Colin Peter McEvedy (1930-2005) was a British consultant psychiatrist McEvedy best known for his research on hysteria, bubonic plague and the history of polio.[1]

Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis controversy[edit | edit source]

In 1970, Colin McEvedy and fellow psychiatrist A William Beard published an influential study of 15 epidemics of myalgic encephalomyelitis, then known as benign myalgic encephalomyelitis, concluding that the illness was the result of psychosocial phenomena, and caused by either "mass hysteria on the part of patients" or "altered medical perception of the community".[2]

Notable studies[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Richmond, Caroline (Oct 8, 2005). "Colin McEvedy". BMJ : British Medical Journal. 331 (7520): 847. ISSN 0959-8138. PMC 1246098Freely accessible. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 McEvedy, CP; Beard, AW. "Concept of Benign Myalgic Encephalomyelitis". British Medical Journal. 1 (5687): 11–5. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.5687.11. PMC 1700895Freely accessible. PMID 5411596. 


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