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During ME Awareness Week, we revisit the toxic legacy of McEvedy and Beard

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by AndyPR, May 10, 2017.

  1. AndyPR

    AndyPR Senior Member
  2. Chrisb

    Chrisb Senior Member

    In this context the contribution made by Professor P K Thomas of the Royal Free should be given due credit. In his presentation to the junior minister Nicholas Scott and assorted civil servants on 2.11.93 he is minuted as saying:

    "There can be no doubt that this epidemic (the Royal Free) represented mass conversion hysteria. The epidemic was triggered by a small number of cases of genuine neurological disorder."

    This was a crucial time in the forming of the official view of the illness.

    Wessely gave a much more measured presentation which included "There is no evidence of hysterical or feigned origin to symptoms."

    Credit where it is due.
  3. AndyPR

    AndyPR Senior Member

    But that has been his line all along, as I understand it. His theory is the origin is biological, the continuation of the symptoms though is not.
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  4. Forbin

    Forbin Senior Member

    The January 1970 paper, "Royal Free Epidemic of 1955: A Reconsideration," by McEvedy and Beard can be seen here:

    A companion piece by the same authors in the same issue , "Concept of Bengn Myalgic Encephalomyeletis," can be found here:

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    Three years later, the two also wrote another paper published in the February 1973 edition of The British Journal of Psychiatry. It was titled: "A controlled follow-up of cases involved in an epidemic of 'benign myalgic encephalomyelitis."

    This paper appears to have compared, via questionnaires, 100 victims at Royal Free Hospital with 100 workers there in 1955 who did not fall ill. The survey took place about 15 years after the outbreak.

    So far, I have only been able to find the first page of this study:

    [I sometimes find it a bit confusing when people mention "Beard" in relation to ME/CFS, because George Miller Beard was the American neurologist who popularized the notion of "neurasthenia" in the late 1800's.]
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  5. TiredSam

    TiredSam The wise nematode hibernates

    @charles shepherd quote:

    That's very interesting. The psychs have been saying for years that it's ME militants who dissuade researchers entering the field. Pot, kettle, black.
  6. slysaint

    slysaint Senior Member

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