By David Tuller, DrPH
I have previously documented that some of the leading experts in â€œmedically unexplained symptomsâ€ (MUS) have regularly misstated a core finding from a seminal study in their field. The studyâ€””The cost of somatisation among the working-age population in England for the year 2008â€“2009â€â€”was published in 2010 in the journal Mental Health in Family Practice.
The same mistake has been repeated in journal after journal, and at least a couple of these instances have been corrected. It has recently been brought to my attention by a shrewd observer that the venerable journal Psychological Medicine published one such study two years ago, with Professor Sir Simon Wessely as a co-author.