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Medical Magic by Elizabeth Moncrieff

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Sly Saint, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. Sly Saint

    Sly Saint Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    "In the following discourse I shall endeavour to shed light on how, and perhaps why, a serious disease has not been taken seriously for nearly half a century. The disease is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Many people think it is the same thing as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome but I shall also explain why I do not believe this is the case. To achieve these goals I will give a brief history of major events in the history of this disease."

    includes a short Youtube video which has an interview with one of the Royal Free nurses.

    Interesting 'updated' version of Hooper and Williams 'Magical Medicine'.

  2. Dx Revision Watch

    Dx Revision Watch Senior Member (Voting Rights)


    "In 1969 The World Health Organisation Classified Benign Myalgic Encephalomyelitis as “Other diseases Of The Brain” under the sub-heading Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome..."

    That statement is not correct.


    A Summary of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Its Classification in the International Classification of Diseases Prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Office of the Center Director, Data Policy and Standards March 2001


    The International Classification of Diseases, ninth revision (ICD-9), was published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1975. WHO did not make revisions to the classification between major updates, which usually occurred every ten years. The term “chronic fatigue syndrome” did not have a specific code in ICD-9 nor did the term appear in the alphabetic index of ICD-9. The only entry in the alphabetic index of the ICD-9 was “Syndrome, fatigue” and referenced code 300.5, Neurasthenia, a condition classified in Chapter V, Mental disorders. The term “benign myalgic encephalomyelitis” appears in the alphabetic index and references code 323.9, Encephalitis of unspecified cause. The code 323.9 did not include reference to postviral syndrome. The term “postviral syndrome” was classified to code 780.7, Malaise and fatigue, in Chapter 16, Symptoms, signs and ill-defined conditions


    WHO published ICD-10 in 1992 and included many modifications, among them relocation of some diagnoses to different chapters within the classification. WHO created a new category G93, Other disorders of brain, in Chapter VI, Diseases of the Nervous System, and created a new code G93.3, Postviral fatigue syndrome, a condition which was previously in the symptom chapter of ICD-9. WHO also moved benign myalgic encephalomyelitis to the new code G93.3.

    For the classification of the terms "PVFS" and "BME" in 1967 (ICD-8) and screenshots from both the ICD-8 Tabular List and the ICD-8 Index (1969) see Post #172 in this thread:


    Edited to add: I've advised the author.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2018

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