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Fibromyalgia: The Enigma and the Stigma.

Stephen M. Stahl

Published: July 1, 2001

Article Abstract

In the 19th century, the discoverer of dynamite and founder of Nobel prizes may have suffered from it. During that era, Freud may have treated it with psychoanalysis as neurasthenia and Charcot with hypnosis as hypochondria. In the 20th century, it was debated to be either a syndrome of abnormal muscles, sleep, pain, and mood or an entity invented by lawyers, charlatans, and disability seekers related to chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, "Yuppie flu," or multiple chemical sensitivity. Now, in the 21st century, as psychiatric disorders struggle to fly first-class with medical and surgical disorders, fibromyalgia is finally wait-listed to be upgraded from cargo to coach.

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Volume: 62

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