I came across another German BPS proponent, Dr. Wolfgang Hausotter. Mr. Hausotter has written several "guidelines" for assessments, including CFS. Here is an abstract of one of these "guidelines", published in the Versicherungszeitschrift (insurance journal): https://www.talentplus.de/foerderung/sonderfoerderprogramme/index.html?infobox=/infobox1.html&serviceCounter=1&wsdb=LIT&connectdb=veroeffentlichungen_detail&referenznr=R/ZS0083/0005&from=1&anzahl=20&detailCounter=3&maplength=20&suche=index.html?autor="Hausotter,+Wolfgang*"&intlink=true Here's an "article" about CFS: https://www.google.de/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.ralf-kollinger.de/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Bericht-Begutachtung-des-chronischen-Ersch%C3%B6pfungs-Syndroms-HAUSOTTER-Vers.Med_.-2015-MCS.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwiTpZS3po3cAhVPr6QKHR2OB_sQFjAAegQIBRAB&usg=AOvVaw37iw7V_0pMgWJLnbRV8wgz It seems he is/was working for private insurance companies (which I'm gonna check further), and he is doing medical assessments for authorities (e.g. DRV = DWP, MdK = medical Service of the state health insurance; it should be noted that MdK and state insurances seem to form a "cartell"). I also want to check if there is any direct connection to Wessely&Co (in the sense of collaboration e.g.). His written reports have nearly the same content as his articles. It seems others cite him, partly word by word. These are the main points: - CFS doesn't exist; it's not a real disease. - CFS is Neurasthenia. It can also be diagnosed as somatoform disorder. Amongst others, he cites Beard from 1869 and a quote by Trimble (even in his written reports): "There is no better example of old somatized wine in new bottles than this revived version of the nineteenth-century neurasthenia." - The BPS model is a medical standard that must be applied in making diagnoses (this sounds like a rule). Everything else is bad practice. - CFS is just a popular diagnosis. - He mentions the Canadian Consensus criteria, too, but it seems he can't speak English and/or can't read, because these are not the CCC I know (NO mention of PEM/PENE at all). Furthermore, the CCC are mayhem (here he cites the old Degam guideline "Tiredness": iatrogenic mayhem potential!) - There are many similarities to the Burnout syndrome. - "According to current knowledge, the postinfectious etiology of CFS can be considered as refuted" (reference 30, but the references are not given in the article). - Changes in neurotransmitters, the immune and endocrinological system that are found in CFS are also found in other illnesses of the soul. - As all people with somatoform disorders, people with CFS have no motivation for somatoform therapies. - He highly critisizes patient organizations and self help groups. - The WHO falsely categorize CFS as G93.3; it should be F48.0 and this can be used. He loves exclamation marks. I want to attack this stuff with facts, science and reality. But I could need some help with some of the points. I would be very thankful for anything, especially that tackles the claim that ME is not real, that ME is the same as Neurasthenia and that the BPS model is a must in medical care (and widely accepted as "gold standard"). I cannot go into specifics at this point, but I probably will use this in the future.