Conquering Lyme Disease: Science Bridges the Great Divide

Brian A. Fallon and Jennifer Sotsky. Columbia Univ., $30 (384p) ISBN 978-0-231-18384-0
Fallon and Sotsky, the director of the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center and a psychiatry resident at Columbia University Medical Center, respectively, assemble a sturdy reference on an illness whose varied presentations can bedevil patients and caregivers alike. The authors candidly warn of the technical density of much of their material. The first four chapters on Lyme’s early history, signs and symptoms, and diagnostics, as well as a later chapter on treatment options, will be well over the heads of most laypersons. The authors zero in on the unsettling effects that medical uncertainties have on patients and their families, lavishing praise on those who’ve “played a pivotal role in shaping our understanding” of the disease that has led to better insurance coverage and funding. The authors also hail new discoveries and “the biotechnology revolution” in diagnosing and treating Lyme, offering practical advice and resources for disease prevention and transmission. Perhaps most poignant is their analysis of the daunting experience of being a Lyme patient. But there’s hope, too: “Medical professionals are gradually waking up to the complexity of Lyme disease and to the real suffering of patients with chronic symptoms.” Aimed at specialists, Fallon and Sotsky’s heady volume presents the multidisciplinary cadre aiming to restore Lyme patients “to their former well-being and good grace.” (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 10/23/2017
Release date: 12/01/2017
Genre: Nonfiction
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