Tuesday, 28 July 2015

ME and CFS By Mary Schweitzer

This disease was first documented in a cluster outbreak in Los Angeles in 1934, in the middle of a polio outbreak.

It was given the name Atypical Polio, and through other cluster outbreaks it either was called that, or sometimes Icelandic Disease for an outbreak there.

In 1955, when the Polio vaccine supposedly eliminated polio (not quite), there were three major cluster outbreaks in the UK.

The most famous was an outbreak among medical personnel at Royal Free Hospital in London. That ended up being given the name Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (actually, originally benign Myalgic Encephalomyelitis because it didn't immediately kill you - and WHO still includes the word benign, tho it was soon dropped by physicians because, as Ramsay said:

"There's nothing benign about ME"

ME and CFS By Mary Schweitzer
Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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