Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME

Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

by Dr Rosamund Vallings, MNZM, MB BS

Foreword by Professor Warren Tate, University of Otago, CNZM, Rutherford Medal


Often known as ‘ME’, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat, yet its effects are profound, and often prolonged and debilitating.

Dr Rosamund Vallings has been helping those with this condition for more than 40 years. Drawing on the latest international diagnostic guidelines, she describes the process for accurate diagnosis, and the difficulties entailed. She clearly explains all aspects of the illness, and how it affects the body’s many systems and functions.

In separate sections she provides useful strategies for dealing with specific symptoms, as well as positive suggestions on how to cope with the disorder on a daily basis and make the necessary lifestyle changes.

This easy-to-follow resource provides a unique and timely overview of an elusive disease, written with the practical understanding of a highly experienced and internationally respected expert. It is essential reading for anyone with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, and for friends and family members who might struggle to understand the condition. It is also a useful guide for health professionals diagnosing and treating the illness.


Dr Roasmund Vallings is a leading specialist in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME and has been helping those with this condition for more than 40 years. In 2008 she became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This book is the distillation of her many years' experieince as a doctor diagnosing and treating the condition.


This is simply the best book available on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME. Dr Vallings informs and educates readers on every aspect of this often misunderstood illness. Everyone who has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME should read this book – it will help them cope, and will improve their life.  Dr Ken Jolly, Medical Advisor, ANZMES

Never before have I had the pleasure of reading a book which has so successfully tackled a serious and controversial medical subject with such clarity of expression. Dr Vallings has produced a masterful work that reflects the essence of clear thinking. The comprehensiveness of her coverage – including health management, lifestyle ramifications and practical day-to-day advice – is extraordinary. It is the most user-friendly book I have ever read in the health care field.  Professor Simon Molesworth, AO, QC, Honorary Chairman, ME/CFS Australia

With no clearly defined diagnostic test or management strategies, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME is a challenging condition for both the desperate patient and the busy doctor. Drawing on her many years’ experience treating this illness, Dr Vallings here provides a wealth of information, with particular insights and sound medical advice. This is an outstanding, comprehensive and authoritative reference guide for the patient, carer and doctor.  Christine Hunter, AM, Alison Hunter Memorial Foundation


ISBN: 9781877429026

Pages: 352

Format: 228 x 152 mm, paperback

Illustrations: 14 line drawings

Published: September 2012


Rights Available: World except New Zealand, Australia