This thread has been split from https://www.s4me.info/threads/bmj-pressure-grows-on-lancet-to-review-“flawed”-pace-trial.5444/page-6 They seem to play these word games all the time. I have been trying to work out the attitude to "hysteria". In their book Wessely, Hotopf and Sharpe say @p232 10.5 CFS and hysteria: Thus hysteria, used properly as meaning conversion disorder, is rarely a tenable explanation for CFS. Three caveats are necessary. First in the context of epidemic forms of ME, explanations involving transmitted emotional distress ("mass hysteria"), merit attention. However, as we and others have also shown, such examples have little to do with CFS. Second...…" My interpretation of this is that they confirm their apparent approval of the views of McEvedy and Beard for the epidemic forms, but clear themselves by saying that such cases are not CFS. I would be happy to have alternative views should others think me wrong. It seems like a case of Humpty Dumpty Syndrome-words mean what I want them to mean.