The PACE Trial: David Tuller investigates
Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that I have lived with the illness Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) for nearly 35 years. The condition is also (and misleadingly) known as “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” and is therefore often referred to as “ME/CFS” or “CFS/ME”.
I have previously written about the controversial PACE Trial (Principal Investigator: Professor Peter White of St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London) and its highly questionable effects on the treatment of patients – see PACE vs FOIA: Access Denied. American academic and journalist, David Tuller, has now produced an in-depth article which deconstructs the Trial and re-evaluates its efficacy. I have been in contact with David during the last eighteen months and I have given him some assistance with the production of this article.
The article is published on Virology Blog which is hosted by Professor Vincent Racaniello of Columbia University in New York City. For ease of access, the article is broken down into four sections with the main findings of David’s research summarised at the beginning, along with a selection of significant quotes. Its primary target is professionals ie. journalists,scientists, academics and the medical profession.
In its entirety, this is a challenging read for patients who are grappling with ME’s hallmark symptom of cognitive dysfunction (each section runs at between 4000 and 6000 words). Nevertheless, the writing style flows easily and the narrative is gripping; it is a must-read for everyone with an interest in this illness.
It was published in three stages over three consecutive days. The links to each section are below.
Thank you for reading this and David’s Virology Blog article.
Parts 1 & 2 – http://www.virology.ws/2015/10/21/trial-by-error-i/