Functional somatic syndromes: one or many?

@article{Wessely1999FunctionalSS,
  title={Functional somatic syndromes: one or many?},
  author={Simon Wessely and C Nimnuan and Michael Sharpe},
  journal={Lancet},
  year={1999},
  volume={354 9182},
  pages={936-9}
}
We review the concept and importance of functional somatic symptoms and syndromes such as irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome. On the basis of a literature review, we conclude that a substantial overlap exists between the individual syndromes and that the similarities between them outweigh the differences. Similarities are apparent in case definition, reported symptoms, and in non-symptom association such as patients' sex, outlook, and response to treatment. We conclude that… CONTINUE READING
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