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The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association, a 501(c)3 founded in 1985, exists to meet the needs of patients with CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) or FM (Fibromyalgia), their families and loved ones. The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association works to educate health-care providers and the general public regarding these severely-disabling physical illnesses. We also support patients and their families and advocate for more effective treatment and research.

Quotes from an Article by Anthony Komaroff, M.D., 1997

There was an important development last fall in the area of general physician education in the U.S. about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). The Journal of the American Medical Associ­ation (JAMA) read by a large number of American physicians published an important article by Dr. Anthony Komaroff in its October 8,1997 issue. The article is titled: "A 56-Year Old Woman With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome."

The importance of the article is not in describing any breakthroughs or new information about ME/CFS, but in its effect in providing a good deal of positive edu­cational information to the many, many physicians who remain largely uneducated about the illness or who are still influenced by the false viewpoint that ME/CFS is a depressive or psychiatric illness. The following are quotes from the article.

Notice about names

The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association would like to clarify the use of the various acronyms for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Fatigue & Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and  Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) on this site. When we generate our own articles on the illness, we will refer to it as ME/CFS, the term now generally used in the United States. When we are reporting on someone else’s report, we will use the term they use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are currently using ME/CFS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are calling the illness CFS.

Until there is consensus on a name for the illness, the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association name will not change.