ME/CFS Primer for Clinical Practitioners (2014 revision)

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The board of directors would like to thank and congratulate the Primer Committee for their successful efforts in completing this major undertaking. The committee members include: Rosemary Underhill, MB, BS; Lucinda Bateman, MD; Alison C. Bested, MD; Todd Davenport, DPT; Kenneth J. Friedman, PhD; Alan Gurwitt, MD; Leonard A. Jason, PhD; Charles W. Lapp, MD; Staci R. Stevens, MA; and Rosamund Vallings, MB, BS. On behalf of the Committee, we also thank Anthony Komaroff, MD for writing the foreword to the Primer.