This is essential reading. The media has a huge responsibility for societal development. Are they shouldering that responsibility at this point in time? We don’t think so.
I created this blog in August 2012 to publish my investigations into the so-called “Secret files on ME/CFS”. It was set up rather hurriedly in order to counteract some misinformation which was circulating at the time. My work was not finished when I started the blog and it took me some time to complete the process. In the absence of any proper treatment for ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), my health continues to deteriorate and my progress is painfully slow. (Note: the name of this illness is hotly disputed. For the purposes of this blog, I adopt the term “ME/CFS” as my least worst compromise).
The full story of my work on getting these files opened up is set out in my earlier post https://valerieeliotsmith.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/update-on-the-secret-files-on-mecfs-wessely-and-the-wok/ However, this is a brief summary of the background to the files, taken from that post:
“For several years, there had been considerable speculation and rumour surrounding some “secret” files on ME/CFS (the illness I have lived with…
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I have begun to recreate some of the National Archive documents in an easily accessible and usable digital format.
My reason for doing so is to try to make them more readily accessible and to try to ensure that the lamentable history of misrepresentation, neglect and abuse of patients, is not rewritten.
I would stress that these are not the original documents, just accurate copies / facsimiles of those documents.
You can access them here: https://app.box.com/s/75bc6x6vpw1u7jmu512vyjkxe8o69rd3
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Thanks very much, Paul. Are you in touch with Valerie Eliot Smith re this or do you want us to forward your link?
I’m slowly adding a few files at a time and will contact Valerie to let her know when all of the important ones have been uploaded.