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What is in a name? Autonomic imbalance and medically unexplained symptoms in Taiwan, 2021, Chen

Discussion in 'Other psychosomatic news and research' started by Andy, Mar 14, 2021.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member

    Hampshire, UK
    Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are persistent bodily symptoms without known pathology. An unofficial term has recently emerged in Taiwan to accommodate MUS: autonomic imbalance (AI). AI literally refers to disturbances of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) that innervates vital organs. However, AI is variously conceptualised by different parties. This study intends to investigate what is in the name of AI. It draws on available databases and in‐depth interviews with AI sufferers and Western and Chinese medicine physicians. Some physicians research ANS functions through heart rate variability measurements. Research findings show that physicians regard AI as a convenient term for clinical communication and a euphemistic substitute for MUS or even psychiatric diagnoses. It is not a ‘real thing’. However, AI sufferers treat AI as a bona fide disease, only that it has not been officially classified. AI is therefore an unfaithful translation, or an uncontrolled equivocation, of MUS. The paper concludes by discussing the implications of treating AI as an equivocation. These implications include the limitations of the current diagnostic criteria, the necessity to rethink the dichotomy of mind and body, and the underlying realities exposed or masked by ‘diagnosis’.

    Open access, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.13262
    Michelle, alktipping, Hutan and 6 others like this.
  2. alktipping

    alktipping Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    what a wonderful world if your an academic create paper that introduce deliberate obfuscation into previously understood terminology and then someone else can write papers to underline said deliberate obfuscation . how do we lesser mortals get on this gravy train .
    Amw66 and Peter Trewhitt like this.
  3. Amw66

    Amw66 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Do they know Jon Stone?
    alktipping likes this.
  4. NelliePledge

    NelliePledge Moderator Staff Member

    UK West Midlands
    Equivocation. Yes indeed that’s the modus operandi of these psychosomatisers.
    Peter Trewhitt likes this.

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