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Cosmopolitan: Millions of Women Suffer From a Disease That Virtually Sucks the Life Out of Them

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Barry53, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. Barry53

    Barry53 Senior Member

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    http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a12779054/what-is-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/

     
  2. pattismith

    pattismith Senior Member

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    I too was awarded with the "histeria conversion" diagnosis by an otolaryngologist :lol::meh:
     
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  3. Barry53

    Barry53 Senior Member

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    Being as it's ear, nose and throat, I suppose it might be suggested the problem was "all in your head" ... er, and throat :p:D
     
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  4. Alvin2

    Alvin2 If humans were rational...

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    very well written article :)
     
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    Jennifer J Senior Member

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    Wiki (highlighted parts by me):

     
  6. Hutan

    Hutan Senior Member

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    Yes, the author deserves a plug for her forthcoming book.

    Hopefully she gets to do a book tour with the same or bigger reach as the one that neurologist did - Suzanne O'Sullivan, with her book 'It's All in Your Head'.
     
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    Sean Senior Member

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    Suzanne O'Sullivan, with her book 'It's All in My Head'.

    :whistle:
     
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    perrier Senior Member

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    The author does a very good job outlining the attitude to various illnesses endured by women, however, her article lacks a good strong paragraph summarizing the very serious symptoms of ME.
     
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    I thought she still did a good job of communicating the potential gravity of the disease, however:

     
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    AndyPR Senior Member

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    Joh Inactivist

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    As well as an accurate history of the disease. It did not 'emerge' in the 1980s.
     
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  13. Alvin2

    Alvin2 If humans were rational...

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    I noticed that too but don't have a more accurate date. Perhaps worth finding it and e-mailing the author who could publish a correction
     
  14. lilpink

    lilpink Senior Member

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    It's moot as the history probably needs further unraveling. But Hilary Johnson's Osler's web is a good place to start.
     
  15. Solstice

    Solstice Senior Member

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    Nice article. There's no commenting possible on the article-page itself btw?
     
  16. Joh

    Joh Inactivist

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    One date is that ME has been officially recognized by the WHO as organic illness since 1969. Others might be the documented mass outbreaks of a strikingly similar disease in the last 100 years and the Royal Free Hospital outbreak in 1955 that led to the term ME.
    Noticed the sentence too while reading. But I thought the author maybe rather meant with "came on the radar" the (negative) press coverage that took off in the 80ies (after the new term CFS was coined).
     
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  17. Alvin2

    Alvin2 If humans were rational...

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    Indeed. If anyone wants to contact the author go for it
     
  18. Demepivo

    Demepivo Dolores Abernathy

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    Maya Dusenbery is on Twitter if you want to give her some love

     
  19. Mrs Sowester

    Mrs Sowester Senior Member

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    I don't think it's worth being pernickerty about details like dates in a Cosmo piece, especially when it's so positive.
    Runs the risk of feeding into the touchy ME brigade myth in my opinion.
    A science paper or a broadsheet newspaper is a different matter.
     
  20. TiredSam

    TiredSam The wise nematode hibernates

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    Looks like that's where she started:

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