Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Home - OSLERSWEB.COM: "If you have wondered why there are currently few effective medical therapies for your illness, or why its cause remains unknown, read this book. If you have felt bewilderment when you encountered skepticism from family, friends, employers and doctors after falling ill, Osler's Web will help you understand how the skeptic's view was nurtured by federal health bureaucrats and allowed to become the status quo.

Osler's Web will introduce you to the men and women who first recognized this disease in their medical clinics and, eventually, described the disease in medical journal articles in the middle and late 1980s. You will meet, as well, the scientists and bureaucrats inside the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health who attempted to squelch research throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and scientists in elite private institutions who made important discoveries that were buried under a blizzard of propaganda. You will hear the voices of people who fell ill--children and adults--and the voices of their doctors, who struggled to help them.

Veteran reporter Hillary Johnson, who was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine at the time, interviewed more than 500 scientists, doctors and public health officials over the course of nine years to complete Osler's Web. She undertook scrupulous research, traveling to three continents and most major American cities to report on the stunning melt-down that occurred in the scientific and medical communities in the face of this now-widespread disease.

If you are curious about the history of this disease, and are seeking insight into why--twenty-five years after it first emerged as a public health crisis--ME/CFS continues to be controversial, read the new edition of Osler's Web"

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