I'm currently working my way through this tome, so thought I'd start a thread on it so that anyone else who has read it (and those who haven't) can join in and discuss it here. The symposium was held at the Ciba Foundation, London, 12-14th of May in 1992. The publisher's description of the book is that it "documents the latest results and opinions on the causes and possible cures for this disorder. Coverage includes retroviral involvement, immunity, pathophysiology and pharmacological treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome." But this description is slightly inaccurate given the proponderence of anthropological, psychiatric and psychosocial researchers at the symposium. I found the discussions very enlightening, as this seems to be the time that the psychosocial academics were beginning to take hold. It's difficult to know how to summarise the individual chapters and their adjoining discussions, because there are so many assumptions being made by the speakers - and sometimes it is difficult to know exactly where they are coming from (and often, where they are going to).