On July 27, 2011, Nature Reviews Neuroscience published a six-page article about chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), “CFS: Understanding a complex illness.” Presented in a Q&A format, four scientists involved with CFS research provided their “views on the condition, its causes and the future of research aimed at improving our understanding of this chronic illness.” An authorized link to the full text of this article is provided below, with thanks to Nature Reviews Neuroscience and Nature Publishing Group. The link will be available until September 8, 2011.
Chronic fatigue syndrome: understanding a complex illness
Stephen T. Holgate, Anthony L. Komaroff, Dennis Mangan and Simon Wessely
Nature Reviews Neuroscience
July 27, 2011 (e-publication ahead of print)
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating illness that affects many people. It has been marred by controversy, from initial scepticism in the medical community about the existence of the condition itself to continuing disagreements — mainly between some patient advocacy groups on one side, and researchers and physicians on the other — about the name for the illness, its aetiology, its pathophysiology and the effectiveness of the few currently available treatments. The role of the central nervous system in the disease is central in many of these discussions. Nature Reviews Neuroscience asked four scientists involved in CFS research about their views on the condition, its causes and the future of research aimed at improving our understanding of this chronic illness.