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Event on 13 January, 2020

Podcast: Chair, Penelope McMillan, discusses ME/CFS...

A comprehensive overview of ME/CFS and the history of its political context. Laura Ruggles asks clinical immunologist, Dr Rob Loblay, and our Chair, Penelope McMillan, for their thoughts on the topic, "The biopolitics of CFS/ME".

This podcast is a discussion in response to the paper, The biopolitics of CFS/ME, by Dr Nikos Karfakis.

Karfakis argues that the stigma and misunderstanding surrounding ME/CFS is not just a scientific or clinical issue, but is a biopolitical problem.

The podcast moves quickly through a wide range of topics. Dr Rob Loblay was a co-author of the 2002 RACP guidelines for ME/CFS and brings an historical perspective to the topic. Penelope McMillan explains the political battle, while providing a perspective based in lived experience of ME/CFS and her years of advocacy.

Thank you to Professor Rachel Ankeny, bioethicist at the University of Adelaide, for inviting this discussion; and to Laura Ruggles for her thoughtful questions and skilled editing.

BioViews podcast, Studies in History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences. January 2020

Last edited: 12 March, 2021