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Meanings of ME: Interpersonal and Social Dimensions of Chronic Fatigue

  • Christopher D. Ward

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Christopher D. Ward
      Pages 1-12
  3. Ways of Speaking

  4. Personal, Interpersonal and Public Meanings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Christopher D. Ward
      Pages 61-63
    3. Penny Standen, Christopher D. Ward, Laura Saunders, Charlotte Beer
      Pages 67-85
    4. Matthew Horrocks, Christopher D. Ward
      Pages 86-105
    5. Christopher D. Ward, Matthew Horrocks
      Pages 106-128
  5. Patients, Doctors and Identities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Laura Saunders
      Pages 153-164
    3. Christopher D. Ward
      Pages 165-176
    4. Christopher D. Ward
      Pages 198-212
    5. Christopher D. Ward
      Pages 213-225
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 226-231

About this book


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS or ME) is a problematic diagnosis which can be interpreted in conflicting ways by doctors, patients and others. Meanings of ME signals a paradigm shift in thinking about the illness by providing fresh perspectives from doctors, clinicians and those who have personal knowledge of CFS/ME.


conflict diagnosis knowledge

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher D. Ward
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NottinghamUK

About the editors

John Cromby, Loughborough University, UK James Griffith, George Washington University, USA Matthew Horrocks, Nottinghamshire Healthcare, UK Hugh Rickards, University of Birmingham, UK Nancy Ryan, National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association, USA Laura Saunders, Derbyshire Healthcare, UK Charlotte Beer, University of Nottingham, UK Penny Standen, University of Nottingham, UK Christopher Ward, University of Nottingham, UK

Bibliographic information

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“If you are a clinician or a member of the public who does not believe in the difficulties experienced by those with CFS/ME, as well as their families and carers, then I would recommend this book to you … . I would commend this book to you to help you understand the experiences of your patients and how your attitudes, demeanor, and behavior can so catastrophically influence a patient who presents with what is a significant and debilitating problem.” (Julia Newton, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (24), June, 2016)