Cort, You've articulated some misgivings I've had for a while about Dr. M."s somewhat combative style and propensity to make off the cuff remarks, often about unpublished data, that confound many of us. From my observations Dr. Peterson he's not a man who seeks confrontation and may have been left in rhe position of defending one too many positions with which he didn't agree for the sake of that WPI, and more importantly for him - I think , CFS patients. He's been our champion for more than 25 years and has my ultimate respect. There is no replacing Dr. Peterson. I can't see a complete cutting of ties as part of a planned retirement. Perhaps he was dripping hints about this departure. I too hope we see transpareny Cort referenced.