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Stricken: Voices from the Epidemic of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, edited by Peggy Munson with a foreword by Leonard Jason, PhD and Renee Taylor, PhD., researchers at DePaul university who conducted the largest urban-based CFIDS prevalence study to date. 

The subtext of the book is also infuriating, when it touches on the way the medical community and the public at large have trivialized this genuinely disabling illness as 'yuppie flu,' 'psychoneurosis,' or 'mass hysteria.' Even many well-meaning clinicians, failing to recognize the most advanced cancer symptoms in patients who already have 'too many symptoms' - in short, by not really listening or by not ordering up appropriate new tests - have left some CFIDS patients in life-and-death situations.

The overall impact of Stricken is self-recognition for ill readers, both reassuring and unsettling. It can also serve as a powerful eye-opener for those - family, friends, doctors - who truly don't 'get it' yet. I recommend Stricken as a must-read (take out your yellow highlighter, mark it up, and then pass it along to those who still want to understand, regardless of how long you've been trying to explain what is basically an inexplicable disease). While I think I've read every related book on the market, this is the single best book I've read that honestly and fully describes the CFIDS experience.

- Reviewed by Joan S. Livingston, Director Emeritus, Massachusetts CFIDS Assn.


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