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Title:
Lyme : the first epidemic of climate change / Mary Beth Pfeiffer.
ISBN:
9781610918442
Publication Information:
Washington, DC : Island Press, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
xiii, 288 pages ; 24 cm
Contents:
Ticks, rising -- "Invisible assassin" -- An ancient bug revives -- A disease, minimized -- "Little armored tanks" -- Faulty tests -- An indestructible pathogen? -- Not just lyme -- Childhood lost -- Lyme takes flight -- A lyme-free world.
Abstract:
Lyme disease is spreading rapidly around the globe as ticks move into places they could not survive before. The first epidemic to emerge in the age of climate change, Lyme infects half a million people in the US and Europe each year, and untold multitudes in Canada, China, Russia, and Australia. Mary Beth Pfeiffer traces how we have contributed to this growing menace, and how modern medicine has underestimated its danger. She tells the stories of families devastated by a single tick bite, of children denied care, and of one women's wrenching choice after a fruitless search for a cure. Pfeiffer also warns of the emergence of other tick-borne illnesses that make Lyme more difficult to treat and pose their own grave risks. Lyme is an impeccably researched account of an enigmatic disease, making a powerful case for action to fight ticks, heal patients, and recognize humanity's role in a modern scourge.--Dust jacket.
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"Superbly written and researched." -- Booklist

"Builds a strong case." -- Kirkus

Lyme disease is spreading rapidly around the globe as ticks move into places they could not survive before. The first epidemic to emerge in the era of climate change, the disease infects half a million people in the US and Europe each year, and untold multitudes in Canada, China, Russia, and Australia.

Mary Beth Pfeiffer shows how we have contributed to this growing menace, and how modern medicine has underestimated its danger. She tells the heart-rending stories of families destroyed by a single tick bite, of children disabled, and of one woman's tragic choice after an exhaustive search for a cure.

Pfeiffer also warns of the emergence of other tick-borne illnesses that make Lyme more difficult to treat and pose their own grave risks. Lyme is an impeccably researched account of an enigmatic disease, making a powerful case for action to fight ticks, heal patients, and recognize humanity's role in a modern scourge.


Author Notes

Mary Beth Pfeiffer has been an investigative reporter for three decades and is the author of C razy in America: The Hidden Tragedy of Our Criminalized Mentally Ill (Carroll & Graf Publishers/Basic Books, 2007).


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Ticks, Risingp. 9
Chapter 2 "Invisible Assassin"p. 25
Chapter 3 An Ancient Bug Revivesp. 43
Chapter 4 A Disease, Minimizedp. 61
Chapter 5 "Little Armored Tanks"p. 87
Chapter 6 Faulty Testsp. 105
Chapter 7 An Indestructible Pathogen?p. 129
Chapter 8 Not Just Lymep. 157
Chapter 9 Childhood Lostp. 183
Chapter 10 Lyme Takes Flightp. 211
Chapter 11 A Lyme-Free Worldp. 225
Selected Referencesp. 253
Indexp. 275