Author(s): Dr Rosamund Vallings
Often known as ‘ME’, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat, yet its effects are profound, and often prolonged and debilitating. Dr Rosamund Vallings has been helping those with this condition for more than 40 years. Drawing on the latest international diagnostic guidelines, she describes the process for accurate diagnosis, and the difficulties entailed. She clearly explains all aspects of the illness, and how it affects the body’s many systems and functions. In separate sections she provides useful strategies for dealing with specific symptoms, as well as positive suggestions on how to cope with the disorder on a daily basis and make the necessary lifestyle changes. This easy-to-follow resource provides a unique and timely overview of an elusive disease, written with the practical understanding of a highly experienced and internationally respected expert. It is essential reading for anyone with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, and for friends and family members who might struggle to understand the condition. It is also a useful guide for health professionals diagnosing and treating the illness.
‘This is simply the best book available on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME. Dr Vallings informs and educates readers on every aspect of this often misunderstood illness. Everyone who has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME should read this book – it will help them cope, and will improve their life. ‘ - Dr Ken Jolly, Medical Advisor, ANZMES ‘Never before have I had the pleasure of reading a book which has so successfully tackled a serious and controversial medical subject with such clarity of expression. Dr Vallings has produced a masterful work that reflects the essence of clear thinking. The comprehensiveness of her coverage – including health management, lifestyle ramifications and practical day-to-day advice – is extraordinary. It is the most user-friendly book I have ever read in the health care field. ‘ - Professor Simon Molesworth, AO, QC, Honorary Chairman, ME/CFS Australia
A leading world specialist, Dr Vallings was awarded the Membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2008.