More about ME. First I meant to write about something else - more
about the totalitarian trope of "unity" - but I reread my
On the postmodern falsifications in Wessely &
McClures BMJ-editorial and noticed it is read rather often,
and I here repeat its opening and conclusion, and refer you to the
last link if you want to read the editorial and my comments. And no,
there is considerably more I could say under my title of today, but
the following seems quite sensible to me, nearly a year later:
I am still not at all well, but will today deal with
editorial in the British Medical Journal, signed by professors Myra
McClure and Simon Wessely, that well illustrates what I wrote
yesterday and before on the
postmodern, irrational, unscientific, actually
media-directed though originally in the BMJ or PLoS published purported
scientific research or scientific editiorials concerning ME (which is a
disease I - a psychologist and logical philosopher - have now since 32 years).
Below you find the full text as published on line in the BMJ, references and
all, with just one addition: Capital letters in square brackets in
front of each paragraph that link to my comments following this reproduction
of this BMJ-editorial. These comments all end with an underlined "Back" that
when clicked leads back to the beginning of the paragraph I comment.
And please note - if you read Dutch and did not read
my small methodical essay of ME and Postmodernism of yesterday, you are
strongly suggested to do so - that the BMJ is a scientific journal,
or at least its editors and publishers claim it is, a claim that I do
not deny with respect to other subjects than ME, whereas the text I
reproduce and comment on below is mostly in the nature of propaganda
and deception, and seems to have been written with the end to
propagandize the pseudo-science as regards ME by the Wessely school of
psychosomatic psychiatry and to deceive journalists and scientists as to
what is really happening in the field of ME - which is basically that REAL
scientific biomedical research into the possible organic causes of ME has
been succesfully blocked for twenty years now by the pseudo-science and
propaganda of the Wessely school of psychosomatic psychiatry.
But judge for yourself - here is the full original text: the capitalized
letters in square brackets link to my comments on the paragraphs the
capitalized letters start.
--- and here follows the text of the
editorial with my logical comments
the postmodern falsifications in Wessely & McClures BMJ-editorial
followed, given all that evidence, by:
I conclude that the BMJ has allowed the publication of a dishonest piece
of pseudo-scientific propaganda, misdirection and misrepresentation -
and my main question must be to its editors:
WHY do the editors of the BMJ allow that a position about ME,
its cause and its treatment, that is since decades in flat
contradiction with (1) the rulings of the World Health Organization and with
(2) many findings of highly reputable medical and biochemical scientists, of
higher reputations and abilities than professor Simon Wessely, is being
furthered in the BMJ and by professor Simon Wessely, especially since the
theories of Wessely about ME (caused by a "dysfunctional belief system"
etc. according to his in my opinion somewhat deluded mind - if he is not a
complete fraud, that is) are clearly unscientific and irrational (or at best only "scientific"
and "rational" according to a small segment of mostly British or American
psychiatrists with little or no real bio-medical competence or education),
and - MUCH more damningly - because the medical and social practices based
on those rather insane or sadistic theories have harmed tens of thousands of
people in Great Britain enormously, and must have driven many people to
suicide, as in the case of Kate Gilderdale, while persons like Sophia
and others were cruelly and grossly maltreated on the basis of professor
Wessely's halfbaked claims, opinions and hang-ups?
Isn't it true that if professor Wessely and his few but powerful psychiatric
co-workers are mistaken or simply lying about ME the health,
rights, indeed the lives of many tens of thousands of British citizens have
been destroyed over the past two decades?
Since when is it moral or indeed legal to proceed in such a way? Since when
may persons be refused medical, social or financial help, while all the
evidence is that they have been ill and in pain since years, only because a
handful of psychiatrists - surely hardly a reputable science, surely a
"science" that for the past hundred years has been shown to have been
patched together mostly from delusions or ill-based guesses - says that tens
of thousands who say they are ill and in pain are not ill and in pain?
Since when have morality, decency and rationality left the thinking and
practising of British medical doctors, or at least that group that follows
up or covers for Wessely and his co-workers?
Since when is it moral and legal to deny ill people help; to slander their
human integrity and dignity; to lie about their mental health and their
physical health; and to make it impossible for biomedical researchers to get
funding for research into the causes of ME?
And why does the BMJ, at long last, not dedicate a whole issue to the
rational discussion, by reputable scientists, of professor Malcolm Hooper's
"“Magical Medicine, how to make a disease disappear”", that seems to be a point by point
and argument by argument
refutation of professor Wessely's writings, and is surely written by
someone with more knowledge of biochemistry than the mere psychiatrist
And finally, why do British doctors and biochemists and biomedical
scientists who oppose Wessely's opinions and stances about ME not get
the right to publish extensively in the BMJ or to write editorials in it
about the pseudo-science of Wessely and his co-workers?
Since when - at least since the Middle Ages - is it rational and moral that hundreds of thousands, nay: millions of persons,
are denied help, denied funding, denied medicines, and
denied biomedical research into their condition simply because a few
persons with a degree in a pseudo-science like psychiatry claim they are
malingering or have "dysfunctional belief systems" or are claimed to be
psycho-somatizing, on the ground that whatever illness present day medical
science has not discovered "therefore" does not exist and so "must" be
Since such abuse of psychiatry on a social scale is hitherto, outside Great
Britain, the US and The Netherlands only known from the Soviet Union?
P.S. For the moment, the above must do - if
corrections are needed, I have to wait till later to insert them, no
doubt because my "dysfunctional beliefs" are causing me pain and
exhaustion since decades, even though I got an M.Sc. in psychology
with the best possible marks in the same period.
Scientific Realism versus Postmodernism
good modern philosophy texts (philosophy of science)
Back to the Middle Ages with professor
And see with regards to the final question of my Conclusion:
More on the APA's mockery of medicine and
Indeed, what I have learned about
On the DSM-5TM
and the APA and more - see e.g.
Psychiatry, psychology, CBT, GET,
DSM-5 and XMRV - is a reason to repeat my Conclusions,
also since these ask some important legal and moral questions, that
also apply to what the APA seems to be doing with the DSM-5, that
worries many, not just me, and that will, if implemented, cause
great problems for many ill people, not just with ME.
Indeed, the chief editors of the previous two DSMs, Spitzer and
Frances, are very much worried and alarme about the DSM-5. There is
this and a lot more to find about the DSM-5 on
ME agenda's fine site about
the DSM-5, now also with an excellent summary in graphics:
Erasing the interface between psychiatry and
P.S. Corrections must wait till later.
And maybe I should say that so far this year I have kept up with
Changes: Summaries of relevant changes on the site.