SFI Seminar: ‘Medical, Scientific, Political, Journalististic Pitfalls in Study of Confusing Illnesses’

Julie Rehmeyer. Courtesy/SFI

SFI News:

12:15 p.m. • Wednesday, Feb. 26  • Collins Conference Room • 1399 Hyde Park Road • Santa Fe

Julie Rehmeyer, Santa Fe Institute journalism fellow, will discuss “Medical, Scientific, Political and Journalistic Pitfalls in the Study of Confusing Illnesses” Wednesday.

Abstract: When illnesses are confusing, without clear mechanisms or sharply-defined symptoms, they are often considered psychosomatic, and there’s a consistent pattern of poor handling by federal agencies, researchers, doctors, and the media. AIDS, multiple sclerosis, chronic Lyme disease, and chronic fatigue syndrome are all cases of this. I’ll describe this pattern, focusing on chronic fatigue syndrome in particular, along with my understanding of why it happens.
Note: We are unable to accommodate members of the public for SFI’s limited lunch service; you’re welcome to bring your own.
SFI Host: John German