Charcot's Bad Idea

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Bluebottle, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. Bluebottle

    Bluebottle New Member

    Charcot's Bad Idea is a new book out about how the ideas of a 19th Century neurologist became enshrined in the thinking of modern neuropsychiatry. & here's what Dr Speedy has to say on his

    Author: Simon Overton
    ISBN: 1409265420

    Angela Kennedy:
    "This book charts the ways in which the ideas of a 19th Century neurologist became enshrined in the thinking of modern neuropsychiatry. It looks at how the diagnosis of hysteria and conversion disorder was revitalised by a group of like-minded physicians under the terms of "functional weakness" and "functional neurological deficit" in order to "develop constructive ways of talking with patients". Overton claims this approach has fundamentally failed and the often hilarious jibes he makes at some sectors of the medical profession only highlight further the need for doctors to listen to their patients. "Deserves to be part of the literary canon"-"

    Jodi Bassett:

    "Simon Overton is a fellow advocate that I communicate with regularly.

    Simon was kind enough to ask me to write the forward for this book.

    An excerpt from the forward text:

    "Substantial medical evidence spanning many decades continues to be ignored by those in positions of power who are abusing that power to further their own vested interests. Once an idea takes root in the scientific community it is not reason but the ability to gather kudos and grab research funding that informs dominant thinking. These groups and individuals are helped immeasurably by the creation of bogus disease categories, categories such as 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' and other unscientific concepts such as somatisation disorder, functional weakness, conversion disorder, hysteria, and so on.

    Despite an utter lack of scientific legitimacy and the enormous costs to the many patients involved and to the community at large, these massive medical frauds have continued in perpetuity almost entirely unchallenged by the world's media, human rights groups, and governments. It is a worldwide disgrace and one of the biggest scandals in the history of medicine.

    How much more extreme do the suffering and abuse caused by these malign scams have to be? How many more very ill patients have to be denied even basic medical care? How many more hundreds of thousands of children and adults worldwide have to be left severely disabled or dead through inappropriate treatment?

    Simon Overton is to be congratulated for creating such a timely, intelligent and compelling book on this important topic. More uncompromising educational efforts like this one must be produced if change is ever to occur. The fox has been left in charge of the hen house for far too long already. Knowledge is power.

    May the day soon come when such books (and other advocacy projects) are no longer needed, and when patients can rely on something as simple as treatment based on legitimate scientific evidence and on the reality of their pathology - rather than being subjected to various self-serving and illogical pseudo-scientific `theories'. Such ideas are extremely unlikely to help any of the patient groups involved to regain their health."

    I highly recommend this book. The chapter which deals with the case of Ean Proctor in particular is a must-read for anyone involved in this field of medicine.

    Jodi Bassett, founder of the 'Hummingbirds' Foundation for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis' (HFME)"
  2. Spinetti

    Spinetti New Member

    The 19th century ideas of men like Charcot, such as hysteria and neurasthenia (weakness of the nerves), were used throughout the 20th century to marginalize the medical illnesses of women and injured veterans.

    The Wessely's are Charcot's descendants and sadly persist to this day. The belief that the mind somehow magically causes or perpetuates physical illness was a bad idea then and is inexcusable now.

    The CDC's current definition of CFS has much in common with the 19th century notion of "the vapors."
    [This Message was Edited on 06/30/2009]
  3. jasminetee

    jasminetee Member

    Yes, I'm suffering from the vapors. Oh, wo is me. lol I hate the vapors. They've taken away my life.

    Of course The Man wants to keep us down. Probably always will. It makes him feel so superior.