Keith Kahn-Harris, PhD, is an Associate Lecturer in Sociology, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and a writer who has authored several books. Dr. Kahn-Harris writes on a variety of topics for news media including Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). He is a critic of the psychiatric model of ME and use of Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) on ME/CFS patients.
Keith developed ME after glandular fever at university in 1993 and considers himself "lucky" as he has relatively mild ME. "I work part-time in the sociology department of Goldsmiths, University of London, I have a wife and two children, I have travelled and experienced many of the things that people of my age have."
Academic positions[edit | edit source]
- 2008-9: Research Associate at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths University of London.
- 2007-8: Research Associate at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths College.
- 2005: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden, Campus Norrköping of Linköping University.
- 2001-2: "Jerusalem Fellow" at the Mandel School for Advanced Educational Leadership in Jerusalem.
Notable articles and blogs[edit | edit source]
For many years, psychiatrists dominated the research and treatment of ME. The treatment of first choice remains various forms of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which, applied crudely, can end up suggesting to patients that their illness is "all in the mind". The ME community is full of stories of patients being forced into exercise programmes that make their health worse, of benefits and insurance claimants accused of lying, of parents of children with ME accused of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Sophie Mirza, who became the first person to be classified as having died of ME in the UK in 2005, was even forcibly sectioned.
Of interest[edit | edit source]
On August 3rd, 2018, Professor Michael Sharpe, a key author of the PACE trial and BPS model proponent, tweeted out Dr. Kahn-Harris' article Denialism: what drives people to reject the truth which discusses flat-earthers, climate change denialists, and anti-vaxxers all of which critics of psychiatry in ME/CFS including the patients have been compared, and by Prof. Sharpe at his 2017 'Special Ethics Seminar'. It is unclear if Prof. Sharpe knew Dr. Kahn-Harris is an ME patient and critic of psychiatry's "crude applications of the psychiatric model of ME" perhaps making an academic faux pa, or jeering Dr. Kahn-Harris for being a "denier" himself.
Open letter to The Lancet[edit | edit source]
Online presence[edit | edit source]
Learn more[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
- "Books by Keith Kahn-Harris". Amazon.
- "Keith Kahn-Harris". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved Aug 9, 2018.
- Kahn-Harris, Keith (May 5, 2008). "What it really means to be healthy". the Guardian. Retrieved Aug 9, 2018.
- Kahn-Harris, Keith (Oct 25, 2017). "Towards an Exhausted Sociology". www.thesociologicalreview.com. The Sociological Review. Retrieved Aug 9, 2018.
- "Keith Kahn-Harris". Wikipedia. Academic Positions. Apr 11, 2018.
- Sharpe, Michael (Aug 3, 2018). "Denialism: what drives people to reject the truth". Twitter. 12:21 AM. Retrieved Aug 17, 2018.
- "St Cross Special Ethics Seminar with Michael Sharpe". St Cross College. May 19, 2017. Retrieved Aug 9, 2018.
- Lubet, Steve (Jul 3, 2017). "Questions about Prof. Michael Sharpe's "St Cross Special Ethics Seminar" at Oxford University". Legal Ethics Forum. Retrieved Aug 9, 2018.
- Vigo, Julian (Jun 27, 2018). "Resistance To Science And Technology". Forbes. Retrieved Aug 9, 2018.
- Tuller, David (Aug 13, 2018). "Trial By Error: Open Letter to The Lancet, version 3.0". www.virology.ws. Retrieved Aug 17, 2018 – via Virology Blog.
myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.