January 7, 2011


ME: Some good news: Congratulations to Dr. Myhill - 2

Back to ME:

I wrote yesterday that The danger Dr. Myhill is in was relieved as the GMC removed her suspension to practice medicine.

This brief note is just a follow up to yesterday's note:

The text of the GMC, in pdf, can be downloaded from

I did do so, and as I expected, if you download the document, you'll find it is neither full of praise for her nor does it make any excuses whatsoever: It just is a rather ungraciously worded retraction of the suspension of October 14 last, accompanied by a qualified affirmation that she is permitted to practice again, with qualifications of various kinds.

Being a highly civilized European intellectual, I should also say that I find the epistolary style of the GMC - or perhaps it is its IOP, but I am meanwhile rather sickened by the  British medical alphabet soup, also full of manipulative rather sickening and cruel medical joking such as "NICE" guidelines that are horrific and based on pseudoscience, and a "PACE" trial that only serves to shovel large sums of money in the direction of professor White, a pseudoscientist and liar, and something called "SMILE" that is just a sick plan, and more sickening Soviet-like abbreviations that shed an interesting light on the mentality of those concocting them - crude, crass and impolite, besides not being rationally motivated at all.

Thus, Dr Myhill is addressed as "Dr Myhill:", as if the English interest rate on the term "Dear" is so enormous the GMC cannot possibly afford it, while the whole epistolary effusion is neither signed nor graced with a name or names of who is or are responsible for it.

Instead, it speaks continuously of "The Panel", and speaks in the measured tone of voice of a Congregation of Cardinals, also with much praise for its very own wisdom, but without any proof of any allegation or assertion it makes whatsoever: It is all solid, stark bureaucratese, and not English at all, as England's great minds wrote it.

Perhaps that is unavoidable in such a body (although from their writing it is totally unclear who or what they are, or how they are qualified, if at all), but even so I find phrases like

The Panel has borne in mind that it is not its function to make findings of fact nor
decide on the veracity of the allegations. The Panel has, however, given such
weight as it considered to be appropriate to the information before it.

That, namely, is straight undiluted Kafka: They presume to judge and order and impose and assert - but they tell you at the same time, smirking one must suppose, that they are not considering the facts nor the veracity of any allegations, followed by a bland obvious tautology, that indeed suggested to me the writer must have been smirking, for I too "have given such weight as I consider to be appropriate" to this manner of British bureaucratic crudeness.

Here is another example of it:

The Panel has taken account of the issue of proportionality in that it must act in a
way which is fair and reasonable. Whilst it notes that its order restricts your ability
to practise medicine, the Panel has determined that, given the nature of this case,
imposing conditions on your registration, at this time, is a necessary and
proportionate response to the risks posed by you practicing medicine unrestricted.

With all due respect, o anonymous members of this strange panel in a strangely dysfunctional British GMC: None of what you wrote that I read - and I am a 60 yearold psychologist and philosopher - offered any reasoned argument. What I read was in the nature of an ukase, now as before, not in the nature of rational argument, or polite exchange of points of view.

But it nevertheless is an improvement over the situation Dr Myhill was in since October 14, when she was suspended, and one must suppose, after reading this ukase, and after noting Dr Myhill had succeeded in arranging a trial of what has been imposed on her by the GMC in front of a real judge, that The Panel in fact probably was moved by self-interest:

I cannot imagine that the case as has been made against Dr Myhill by the GMC will hold up in any real court, outside England, at least, and clearly if the GMC's case does not hold up in court, the financial penalty may be - and should be - considerable.

So I fear Dr Myhill's problems are not over yet, though she did win an important battle.

O - and the previous link was to a site Supporting Dr Myhill, which is concerned with just that; her site is here:

P.S. In case you wonder why I care, being Dutch:

Dr Myhill, unlike many medical doctors I have met in my life, made a rational and reasonable impression on me; I like her site and ideas, without necessarily agreeing with all on it (but then the only human being I mostly agree with all of the time is me); and I much appreciate she is one of the few medical doctors in Great Britain who does treat patients with ME in what I regard as a rational and scientific and moral way.

And being ill since 33 years, I have met so many medical doctors, besides so many psychologists, that I am not the one to be misled by tales about the average moral decency or intellectual acumen or knowledge of average medical doctors and psychologists: Most I have met should have studied another subject, or should not have studied at all.

Finally: I also met exceptions, and was much pleased. But it is in medicine and in psychology just as it is in the real world: Most men are not especially good, nor especially rational, nor especially fair - and all such men are always dishonest about their real interests and competence.

(In my experience, as an M.A. in psychology.)

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
     insufficient evidence
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

    "Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)


See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources

Maarten Maartensz

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