“Continuing attribution of all symptoms to a persistent ‘virus’ preserves self-esteem”.
Cognitive behaviour therapy in chronic fatigue syndrome. Butler S, Chalder T, Ron M, Wessely S. JNNP 1991:54:153-158
When caught out by XMRV/MULV 19 years later he says....
"We're not going to go doing more and more tests to find out what was the virus because, frankly, even if we found it there's nothing we're going to do about it.
We're in the business of rehabilitation."
Chronic fatigue syndrome, BMJ Podcast 5th March 2010
Dr. De Meirleir needs to publish this eventually or at least get a good abstract out at the conferences. I'm skeptical of him because he's made all sorts of announcements in the past without good data back-up.
Hi Tina, Good news! This on top of the last two days' news has brought our team back. It is like scoring goals and turning the play after losing for so long and being counted out. I am personally beat with all of the action, but thrilled.
Anyway I wanted to note that Dr. De Meirleir was one of the authors of the Canadian Consensus Definition, so I'd expect the cohort criteria to fall within it.