Journal of IiMER Volume 10 Issue 1 stubbornly persistent notions of the psychological basis of the illness. Fortunately, the National Institute of Medicine undertook a year-long study of the scientific literature, and concluded that that CFS is a “serious, chronic, complex, and systemic disease that frequently and dramatically limits the activities of affected patients.” The report provided a simple set of diagnostic criteria that could be applied by a physician in general practice or any speciality to determine whether a patient should be diagnosed with CFS. June 2016 A Clinician’s Guide the Institute produced should reduce the time to diagnosis—and help knowledgeable patients advocate for themselves. Originally printed in THE HILL http://thehill.com/blogs/congressblog/healthcare/279089-when-thehoofbeats-arezebras From IT's A FUNNY OLD WORLD - MEDICINE and ME http://www.investinme.org/IIME-Cartoons-2013-01.htm Invest in ME (Charity Nr. 1114035) www.investinme.org Page 45 of 77

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