Cure Unknown Inside the Lyme Epidemic

ISBN-10: 0312378122
ISBN-13: 9780312378127
Edition: 2008
Authors: Pamela Weintraub
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Description: Anbsp;groundbreaking and controversial narrative investigation into the science, history, medical politics, and patient experience of Lyme disease told by a science journalist whose entire family contracted the disease. Pamela Weintraub paints a  More...

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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 6/10/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Anbsp;groundbreaking and controversial narrative investigation into the science, history, medical politics, and patient experience of Lyme disease told by a science journalist whose entire family contracted the disease. Pamela Weintraub paints a nuanced picture of the intense controversy and crippling uncertainty surrounding Lyme disease and sheds light on one of the angriest medical disputes raging today.nbsp; She also reveals her personal odyssey through the land of Lyme after she, her husband and their two sons became seriously ill with the disease beginning in the 1990s.nbsp; From the microbe causing the infection and the definition of the disease, to the length and type of treatment and thenbsp;kind of practitioner needed, Lyme is a hotbed of contention. With a CDC-estimated 200,000-plus new cases of Lyme disease a year, it has surpassed both AIDS and TB as the fastest-spreading infectious disease in the U.S. Yet alarmingly, innbsp;many cases, because the disease often eludes blood tests and not all patients exhibit the classic "bulls-eye" rash and swollen joints, doctors are woefullynbsp;unable or unwilling to diagnose Lyme. When that happens,nbsp;once-treatable infections become chronic, inexorably disseminating to cause disabling conditions that may never be cured.nbsp; Weintraubnbsp;reveals why the Lyme epidemic has been allowed to explode, why patients are dismissed, and what can be done to raise awareness in the medical community and find a cure.nbsp;Thenbsp;most comprehensive book ever written about the past, present and future of Lyme disease, this exposes the ticking clock of a raging epidemic. nbsp;

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction: Navigating by Lymelight
Prologue: Second Journey Out
Doors of Perception
Into the Woods
A Place in the Whirlwind
Son of a Preacher Man
Connecticut Genesis
A New Disease and a Ring of Fire
Finding Lyme's Counterculture
Hide in Plain Sight
The Epidemic Spreads
Crossing the Line
The Rocky Road
Then There Were Three
Night Falls Fast
Discovering the Spirochete
The Chasm Widens
How the Lyme World Split in Two
Lost in the Ruins: The Infestation of the Suburbs
The Lyme Diaspora
Mutts Like Us: Lyme Tests and Tribulations
Patients Dispossessed
The Scourge of "Lime" Disease
Peeling the Onion
Family Therapy
Bicycle Boy and Other Lymebrains
A Devastating Realization
Longing for Lyme
A Nantucket Burning: I'm Diagnosed with Babesiosis
Photo Safari
Tick Menagerie: The Coinfections of Lyme Disease
Hole in the Donut: The Fight over Southern Lyme
Restricting Diagnosis and Keeping the Riffraff Out of Lyme
The Long Road Home
Reporting Our Pediatrician
The Lyme Inquisition: Doctors on the Run
A Note from the Underground
Second-Chance Kids
A Search for Answers
Once Bitten: Accepting the Spirochete's Endless Love
Secrets of an Evil Genius: The Evidence for Persistence
Mother Makes Four
The Big Sleep: Our Younger Son Falls Ill
Houston Calling
Putting Treatment to the Test
Busted Flat in Chappaqua
Resurrection
Lyme Disease and Immunity: The Search for the Golden Fleece
How I Cured My Own Lyme Disease
Pay It Forward
A Family Affair
Red-Flagged at Blue Cross: The Role of Managed Care
The Vaccine Connection: Lyme Gets a Business Model
Over and Out, Colorado
The Falmouth Reunion
Getting Dr. Jones
The Never-Ending Story: What Happened to My Family
Starting Over: Don't Get Slymed Again
And the Bands Play On
Notes and References
Index

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