Myalgic encephalomyelitis: a review with emphasis on key findings in biomedical research

J Clin Pathol. 2007 May;60(5):466-71. doi: 10.1136/jcp.2006.042408. Epub 2006 Aug 25.


This review examines research findings in patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis in light of the current debate about this chronic multiple-symptom, multiorgan, multisystem illness and the conflicting views in medicine. These issues cannot be separated from the political opinions and assertions that conflict with science and medicine, and will be part of this review as they have enormous consequences for scientific and medical research, patients, clinicians, carers and policy makers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology
  • Enterovirus Infections / complications
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / diagnosis*
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / genetics
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / immunology
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / virology
  • Humans
  • Terminology as Topic