Jerry D. Smilack
Smilack JD. Reviews and Notes: Virology: Post-viral Fatigue Syndrome; and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. 1994;120:445-446. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-120-5-199403010-00038
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1994;120(5):445-446.
Post-viral Fatigue Syndrome
Rachel Jenkins and James Mowbray; eds. 463 pages. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1991. $137.50.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
David M. Dawson and Thomas D. Sabin; eds. 218 pages. Boston: Little, Brown; 1993. $65.00.
In the past decade, the subject of chronic fatigue has aroused considerable interest and controversy. Although nearly everyone agrees that chronic fatigue is a common problem, little consensus exists about its cause, pathophysiology, precise diagnosis, and treatment. When one considers that chronic fatigue has been a concern of physicians for generations, it is perhaps surprising that only a few books on the subject have been published. Of these, most are targeted to the lay reader. I believe these two texts are the only currently available works that address the medical and scientific questions related to chronic fatigue.
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