Bull’s-Eye Unraveling the Medical Mystery of Lyme Disease, Second Edition Jonathan A. Edlow

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
10 Apr 2004
ISBN:
9780300103700
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
308 pages: 229 x 152mm
Illustrations:
20 b-w illus.

A riveting account of the medical sleuthing that led to the discovery of Lyme disease

In this riveting account of medical sleuthing, Dr. Jonathan A. Edlow tells the history of the discovery of Lyme disease over centuries and continents. He also provides the latest information about the disease and its treatment, explaining the recent widespread outbreaks and examining the controversies that have swirled over the diagnosis, vaccine, treatment, and even definition of Lyme disease. In a new preface, Dr. Edlow updates recent developments and controversies in Lyme disease research, discusses reactions from the two “camps” of the Lyme disease community, and writes about some of the reactions of patients to the book.

“A valuable guide for dealing with emerging diseases. . . . The best thing of all about Bull’s-Eye is that it lays out the unknowns along with the knowns, the mainstream view along with alternative readings, and thus reveals science for what it is: a perpetual, and admirable, work in progress.”—Andrew C. Revkin, New York Times Book Review

Bull’s-eye isa compelling mystery and a riveting account of science in action.”—Robert B. Parker

"The story of an emerging infection and its history. . . . Beautifully written. . . . Anyone who is curious about Lyme disease or medical discovery in general will find this book interesting reading."—Raymond Dattwyler, New England Journal of Medicine

Winner of a 2004 Will Solimene Award in Medical Communication, presented by the New England Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association 


?An extraordinary work that describes both Lyme disease the disease and Lyme disease the phenomenon. The author is a natural teacher.??Stephen Malawista, M.D., professor of medicine, Yale University, who led the group that discovered Lyme disease


?Bull?s-eye is a compelling mystery and a riveting account of science in action.??Robert B. Parker


"This well-documented book is about a newly targeted infectious disease, and it is as important for the light it sheds on the nature of scientific inquiry within the contemporary social and political context as it is for its information about Lyme disease."?Booklist


"A valuable guide for dealing with emerging diseases. . . . Edlow avoids a bad habit of some chroniclers of medical mysteries?injecting a hyperbolic sense of peril and drama. He sticks with the science and makes it seductive. . . . The best thing of all about Bull?s-Eye is that it lays out the unknowns along with the knowns, the mainstream view along with alternative readings, and thus reveals science for what it is: a perpetual, and admirable, work in progress."?Andrew C. Revkin, New York Times Book Review


"The story of an emerging infection and its history. . . . Beautifully written. . . . [Bull?s-Eye] is written in a clear, readable style that should appeal to both medical professionals and members of the general public. . . . Anyone who is curious about Lyme disease or medical discovery in general will find this book interesting reading."?Raymond Dattwyler, New England Journal of Medicine


"Bulls-Eye is not only an excellent story that keeps the reader?s interest but a real lesson to be learned by anyone involved in healthcare. The Lyme story reveals much about the doctor-patient relationship (or frequently lack thereof) that every physician should read."?Biology Digest


"Superb. . . . An excellent book for anyone interested in the history of Lyme disease."?Robert W. Lyons, Connecticut Medicine


"Edlow has engagingly blended two narratives: a history of Lyme disease and a lay audience-oriented description of the disease and its management. . . . The strongest and most durable aspect of the book . . . is the history of Lyme disease. . . . The book should be considered essential for medical libraries and other repositories of the history of medicine. . . . The book provides both a history and an accessible medical reference in an entertaining package."?Alan Barbaour, Nature Medicine