William Beard

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Dr Alfred William Beard or Bill Beard (1930-1991) was a British psychiatrist who studied at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities.[1][2]

Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis controversy[edit | edit source]

In 1970, with psychiatrist Colin McEvedy, Bill 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".[3]

Notable studies[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Obituary: A W Beard" (PDF). BMJ : British Medical Journal. 302 (6791): 1532. Jun 22, 1991. ISSN 0959-8138. PMC 1670186Freely accessible. 
  2. Hill, OW (1992). "Biography: Alfred William Beard". Royal College of Psychiatrists. Retrieved Apr 24, 2019. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 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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