EMEA Response to The Times ME Articles

August 2011

imageThe European ME Alliance has written to The Times newspaper complaining about the recent article which allowed Professor Simon Wessely's views on ME to be publicised with little real analysis or objective comment. The tables below contains references to research performed in some European countries in which Wessely comments that ME does not exist.







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and from Italy about a “non-existing diaease” in animals (transmissibility?)


Idiopathic chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome: a comparison of two case-definitions.

Arpino C, Carrieri MP, Valesini G, Pizzigallo E, Rovere P, Tirelli U, Conti F, Dialmi P, Barberio A, Rusconi N, Bosco O, Lazzarin A, Saracco A, Moro ML, Vlahov D.

Ann Ist Super Sanita. 1999;35(3):435-41.

PMID: 10721210 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


Brain positron emission tomography (PET) in chronic fatigue syndrome: preliminary data.

Tirelli U, Chierichetti F, Tavio M, Simonelli C, Bianchin G, Zanco P, Ferlin G.

Am J Med. 1998 Sep 28;105(3A):54S-58S.

PMID:9790483  [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


Immunological abnormalities in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Tirelli U, Marotta G, Improta S, Pinto A.

Scand J Immunol. 1994 Dec;40(6):601-8.

PMID: 7997849  [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


Clinical and immunologic study of 205 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: a case series from Italy.

Tirelli V, Pinto A, Marotta G, Crovato M, Quaia M, De Paoli P, Galligioni E, Santini G.

Arch Intern Med. 1993 Jan 11;153(1):116-7, 120. No abstract available.

PMID: 8422193 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]





1937 EPIDEMIC 3 Erstfield, Switzerland

Stahel H

Die Poliomyelitis — Epidemic bei Stab Geb. IR 37 and Geb Sch Bat II, Erstfeld, 18–30 July, 1937. Die Abortiv — Poliomyelitis. Schweiz Med Wochenschr 1938; 68: 86–91.


1937 EPIDEMIC 4 Frohburg Hospital, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Gsell O

Abortive Poliomyelitis. Verlag Thieme, Leipzig 1938; 13–18. (The three Swiss epidemics 3, 4 and 6 are summarised in review articles by Gsell O (1958) and Parish JG (1978).



Gsell O

Encephalomyelitis myalgia epidemica eine poliomyelitisahnliche Krankheit. Schweiz Med Wochenschr 1958; 88: 488–91.**


1961 Sporadic Case, Basel, Switzerland

Gsell O

Encephalomyelitis myalgia benigna, epidemische Pseudoneurasthenie. Schweiz Med Wochenschr 1963; 93: 197–200 and 196: 1–2.








1958 EPIDEMIC 35 Athens, Greece

Daikos G, Paleologue A, Garzonis S, Bousvaros GA, Papadoyannakis N

Arch Med Sci, Athens 1958; 14: 617.


Daikos GK, Garzonis S, Paleologue A, Bousvaros GA, Papadoyannakis N

Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis. An outbreak in a Nurse’s School in Athens. Lancet 1959; 1: 693–6.



Last Update: 09 August 2011