Trial By Error: An Australian Radio Interview with Melbourne’s Dr Mark Guthridge
19 FEBRUARY 2020
By David Tuller, DrPH
When I was in Australia two years ago–wow, can’t believe it’s been that long!–I spent some time with Dr Mark Guthridge, an associate professor of biomedical science at Deakin University in Melbourne. Several years ago, after a bout of mononucleosis/glandular fever, he developed myalgic encephalomyelitis, which in Australia even patients and specialist doctors generally call chronic fatigue syndrome. (Actually, many or most actually say “chronic fatigue”–I kept trying to nudge people to at least use the word “syndrome,” but it was a pretty hopeless endeavor.)
Last month, Dr Guthridge talked with Tim Wong-See, a journalist from ABC Radio, about the illness, his own experience, and his plans for research. The audio can be heard here. Below is a slightly edited transcript of the interview. (It seems wrong to write anything about Australia without mentioning the terrible fire season the country has been through.)
Wong-See: Now how do you go about diagnosing an invisible condition, one that you know exists because you’re living it. You know what it feels like, and what it’s doing to your body, but no one around you either believes you or knows what exact condition you have. Well, that’s what it can be like if you have chronic fatigue syndrome..........
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