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Simon Wessely is receiving “Death Threats”

“Scientists working on chronic fatigue syndrome or ME have received death threats and are being subjected to a campaign of abuse. Professor Simon Wessely of King’s College London describes the threats that have been made against him.”

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You can hear the BBC report here.

Wessely makes a deplorable strawman argument – aided and abetted by the interviewer – that ME suffers would “…rather have an incurable disease than a potentially curable [psychiatric] condition” and that they worry if they ascribe the condition to psychiatric causes this would mean they “acknowledge [they were] making all this up”.

I don’t even know where to begin with this.

Wessely talks about how ME sufferers should not close the door to psychiatric treatment, when he himself closed the door to any biological treatment.

He also fails to understand that ME may indeed be “curable” if funds were diverted to looking for biological causes!

In the interview he walks back from “death threats” and talks loosely about “threats of violence”. He also comes across as an insufferable arrogant prick.

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  1. Michael
    September 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I did comment

    What happened?


    • September 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      What was your comment?

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