John Maddox Prize awarded to chronic ...

John Maddox Prize awarded to chronic fatigue syndrome researcher

There are 1 comment on the story from Nov 18, 2012, titled John Maddox Prize awarded to chronic fatigue syndrome researcher. In it, reports that:

The Lancet announced the psychiatrist, Simon Wessely, as one of the first winners of the John Maddox Prize.

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#1 Nov 25, 2012

Not everyone agrees that this award should have been given to Simon

From Independent

But critics protested against the decision last night. They said the professor's work perpetuates the idea that myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), is a mental health problem, trivialising what they claim is a largely physical illness. Malcolm Hooper, emeritus professor of medicinal chemistry at Sunderland University, said: "He's responsible for trying to make ME into a psychiatric condition when it's not. He has done very poor science."

Another opponent, the Countess of Mar, said: "I was absolutely horrified when I read he'd won the award and I would like to see it retracted."

Dr William Weir, a retired consultant physician who says ME is caused by a chronic viral infection, called the decision "almost satirical". "If the scientific data is properly examined it will be seen that Professor Wessely's doctrine is wrong and it will be proved to be wrong in about five years' time," he said.

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