Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change

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Island Press, Apr 17, 2018 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ticks Rising
9
Invisible Assassin
25
An Ancient Bug Revives
43
A Disease Minimized
61
Little Armored Tanks
87
Faulty Tests
105
An Indestructible Pathogen?
129
Not Just Lyme
157
Childhood Lost
183
Lyme Takes Flight
211
A LymeFree World
225
Selected References
253
Index
275
IP Board of Directors
289
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Mary Beth Pfeiffer has been an investigative reporter for three decades and is the author ofCrazy in America: The Hidden Tragedy of Our Criminalized Mentally Ill(Carroll & Graf Publishers/Basic Books, 2007).

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