Apology

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  • A. R. Lloyd

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    • School of Medical Sciences, Inflammation and Infection Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Correspondence: Andrew R. Lloyd, School of Medical Sciences, Inflammation and Infection Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales 2052 Australia.

(fax: 612 93851389; e-mail: a.lloyd@unsw.edu.au).

Dear Sir,

In our commentary [1] on paper by Broderick et al. regarding diagnostic criteria for CFS [2], Professor van Der Meer and I inadvertently cited a letter by Stouten et al. in a section of our correspondence suggesting that their response to the publication of the PACE [3] trial for patients with CFS was unscientific and included personal attacks on the authors of that study, as it was interspersed with a series of letters that met those descriptors. However, it is clear that the letter by Stouten et al. raised valid scientific concerns about the trial. We wish to note that this letter should not have been included as an example in our correspondence and apologize to the authors for any distress caused.

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