“This is not a disease of fatigue, though that is one of its principal symptoms. Calling it chronic fatigue syndrome is like calling Parkinson's disease chronic shaking syndrome or emphysema chronic coughing syndrome.”
—Floyd Skloot, “Healing Powers,” in Kathryn Rhett (Ed.), Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis.
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