Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The power of branding: how the history of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis was effaced

In the mid-1980s, immunologist Nancy Klimas was, with her co-authors, the first to publish results that showed decreased natural killer cell function in a cluster of patients in Florida. They had what seemed to be a new, unknown, unnamed disease.

Researchers began to note the same finding in other clusters around the country. In 1988, the CDC proposed to name that disease Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, completely unaware that it had a much older genealogy, with outbreaks dating back to at least the 1930s, and an internationally recognized name: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

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