Ramsay's Disease

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The term "Ramsay's Disease", which refers to myalgic encephalomyelitis, was coined to honor Dr. A. Melvin Ramsay, the infectious disease specialist who worked on the 1955 epidemic at Free Royal Hospital, London. He is much respected for his diligent work that continued for 30 years after the initial outbreak. In his writings, he used the term myalgic encephalomyelitis (which was coined by other physicians) because he felt it most accurately described his clinical findings.

The field of medicine has a history of naming illnesses after a prominent physician who worked on the illness. This is especially true when the etiology at the time of discovery is unknown. Well-known examples include Alzheimer disease named for Dr. Alois Alzheimer,[1] Down syndrome named for Dr. John Langdon Down,[2] and Huntington's disease named for Dr. George Huntington.[3] However, this practice has fallen out of favor, and new clinical entities are more likely to be named after either the symptoms or cause of the disease.

"Ramsay's Disease" is the preferred term championed by renowned ME/CFS physician, Dr. Derek Enlander. He stated in a 2014 interview by Gabby Klein for Phoenix Rising:

“I’m not really interested in the semantics – I am much more interested in proper diagnosis and effective treatments. There is lively debate, and aspects of this are important, but at times it tends to overshadow issues that I consider more important. For all intents and purposes we could call this Ramsay’s Disease.” [4]

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  1. "Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet". National Institute on Aging. Retrieved Feb 18, 2020. 
  2. "National Association for Down Syndrome | History of NADS". Retrieved Feb 18, 2020. 
  3. mennitto, d. "About Huntington's Disease and Related Disorders at The Johns Hopkins Hospital". www.hopkinsmedicine.org. Retrieved Feb 18, 2020. 
  4. "Standing Up for Patients: An Interview with Dr. Derek Enlander". Phoenix Rising ME / CFS Forums. Retrieved Feb 18, 2020. 

myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

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