Here's an excerpt from Wessely's letter to USA's CFIDS Chronicle, published in the Summer 1994 issue.
This is typical of the way Wessely presents himself to patients. And this is typical of the way he presents himself to fellow medics :
What's more :
So much for virology. What about his claim to be researching immunology?
Well, so much for his interest in the immunology aspect. But if ME doesn't deserve its own shelf in his local bookshop, then why did he try to join the Ramsay Society ? His application was rejected , of course.
What of his claim to "run a small, but active, research unit concerned soley with CFS.... carrying out inquiries into the epidemiology, immunology, neuropsychology, psychiatry, treatment and virology concerning this condition" ? Elsewhere he says :
S, David A, Butler S, Chalder T -
'Management of the chronic (postviral) fatigue syndrome',
Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners: 1989;39:26-9.
But what about his contribution to neuropsychology ?
Wessely S : Chronic fatigue and myalgia syndromes",
in N. Sartorius et al (eds), 'Psychological Disorders in General Medical Settings',
publ. Hogrefe & Huber, 1990.
"Disgusted". Yes, we're disgusting, apparently. You see :
Wessely - 'Chronic fatigue syndrome: current issues',
Reviews in Medical Microbiology, 1992;3:211-216.
...and that was presumably his contribution to epidemiology.
Here's another quote from Wessely's letter to the CFIDS Chronicle of Summer 1994 :
Wessley was in fact one of three medical expert witnesses in both cases and the £320 000 was an out-of-court settlement. The £162, 500 was awarded in the High Court in December 1992. It was subsequently withdrawn by three appeal court judges who accepted Dr. Wessley's testimony, in which he suggested that the plaintiff (a diagnosed ME sufferer) was :
His statement was prepared based only on a review of medical records,
and not from an examination of the patient.
In a Channel 4 News programme broadcast at 7pm on 26th August 1998 in which the case of Child X was being discussed, when asked by the presenter Sheena McDonald if there can ever be a case for a coercive approach in situations involving forcible removal of a child with ME from the parents, Wessely said :
When Sheena McDonald interposed by saying "So you would agree that unless there is criminal abuse there is never a case for a coercive approach to take children away from parents?", Wessely replied :
Wessely was in fact instrumental in getting a child with ME forcibly removed from his parents and taken under police presence into 'care'. In a letter dated 3rd June 1988 to the Principal Social Worker in Ean Procter's case (Mrs Jean Manson), Wessely had stated that he was :
and in which he wrote :
Just a short time after his denial on the Channel 4 broadcast, Wessely
again repeated on air his denial of personal involvement in the forcible
removal of children with ME from their parents. On 13th September
1998 Radio 5 Live broadcast a programme entitled "Child Abuse by Professionals"
(Brian Hayes, Sunday 13th September 1998, 10am -12 noon) in which
Wessely again claimed never to have been involved in such cases.