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Sir: Yvette Cooper (4 October), writing of her experiences with ME, complains of people who thought she had a psychiatric, not a "normal" illness. This is another example (most famously illustrated in Esther Rantzen's appalling ME programme) of stigmatising people with mental illness as somehow morally inferior.

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