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CFS by other names...

In my play on The Illness and Death of Edgar Allan Poe (presented Monday to a standing room only crowd at the National Library of Medicine that really liked it), I included the following list of all the many names that I have found for the syndrome first named neurasthenia in April 1869, up to the most recent proposal of Chronic Neuroendocrineimmune Dysfunction Syndrome. (I'm sure there are still some I've missed! Please let me know if you know of more).

The dates refer to the year of the earliest (and often only one) published paper I could find that defines the disease. I posted an earlier version of this some years ago. This one is considerably expanded and may be reposted freely provided this text is kept with it and the list is not changed in any way.

--Albert Donnay, MCSRR


Neurasthenia and its subtypes

1869    Neurasthenia
1869    Neurasthenia (undifferentiated)
1889    Neurasthenia Praecox
1891    Female Neurasthenia
1893    Syphilitic Neurasthenia
1895    Senile Neurasthenia
1875    Spinal Neurasthenia, AKA Railway Spine
1886    Sexual Neurasthenia
1890 
  Psychosomatic Neurasthenia
c.1900
Neurasthenia Chemicorum
c.1900
Angiopathic Neurasthenia
c.1900
Cardiovascular Neurasthenia
c.1900
Cerebral Neurasthenia
c.1900
Neurasthenia Gravis
c.1900
Pulsating Neurasthenia
1906   
Gastric Neurasthenia
1906    Tropical Neurasthenia
1907    Traumatic Neurasthenia
1907    Endocrine Neurasthenia
1907    Ocular Neurasthenia
1909    Battleship Neurasthenia


Alternate Diagnoses Proposed for the Same Syndrome

1871    Irritable Heart, aka Da Costa's Syndrome
1892    Hyperaesthesia
1895    Anxiety Neurosis
1904    Fibrositis
1904    Phrenasthenia
1906    Psychasthenia
1914    Shell Shock Syndrome
1916    Battle Fatigue, AKA Soldier's Heart
1918    War Neurosis
1930    Heat, Cold and Effort Sensitiveness
1930    Allergic Toxemia
1936    Morbid Industrial Fatigue
1938    Neurocirculatory Asthenia, AKA Effort Syndrome
1941    Chronic Fatigue
1945    Allergic Fatigue & Weakness
1950    Epidemic Neuromyasthenia, AKA Icelandic Disease, AKA Akureyri Fever
1952    Allergy of the Nervous System
1954    Cerebral Allergy
1955    Encephalomyelitis simulating poliomyelitis, AKA Royal Free Hospital Disease
1956    Specific Adaptation Syndrome
1956    Benign Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
1957    Epidemic Postinfectious Neuromyasthenia
1965    Familial Dysautonomia, AKA Riley-Day Syndrome
1965    Asthenic Neurosis
1966    Psycho-Vegetative Syndrome
1968    Pseudoneurasthenic Syndrome
1969    Idiopathic Hypogeusia
1973    Ecologic Mental Illness
1974    Epidemic Mass Hysteria
1975    Autonomic Dystonia
1975 * Fibromyalgia
1976    Organic Neurasthenia
1976    Neurasthenic Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome
1978    Mass Psychogenic Illness
1978    Psychic Possession
1978    Chemical Hypersusceptibility
1980    Neurasthenic Neurosis
1982    Total Allergy Syndrome
1982    Familial Chronic Mononucleosis Syndrome
1983
* Sick Building Syndrome
1984    Chronic Active Epstein Barr Virus Syndrome
1984    Chronic Mononucleosis
1985    20th Century Syndrome
1986    Sporadic Postinfectious Neuromyesthenia
1986    Hypersensitivity Syndrome
1987   
Darkroom Disease
1987 * Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
1987 * Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
1988    Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome
1990    Chronic Habitual Hyperventilation Syndrome
1990    3 Types of Asthenia: Episodic, Recurrent and Chronic
1994    Gulf War Syndrome
1996    Iatrogenic Hypochondriasis
1996    Multi-Organ Dysesthesia
1996    Idiopathic Environmental Intolerances
1997    3 Types of Gulf War Syndrome: Impaired Cognition, Confusion Ataxia and Central Pain
1997    Chronic Pain and Fatigue Syndrome
1998    Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance
1998    Chronic Multisymptom Illness
1999    (Poe's) MUSES Syndrome, for Multi-Sensory Sensitivity
2001   
Chronic Neuroendocrineimmune Dysfunction Syndrome

(This last was proposed by DHHS CFS Name Change Workgroup, which refused to even consider neurasthenia or most of the other names on this list)
 

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