Conquering Lyme Disease: Science Bridges the Great Divide

Brian A. Fallon (Author) Jennifer Sotsky (Author)

Product Details

Columbia University Press
Publish Date
December 12, 2017
6.3 X 1.5 X 9.3 inches | 2.4 pounds
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About the Author

Brian A. Fallon, MD, is director of the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center at the Columbia University Medical Center.

Jennifer Sotsky, MD, is a physician with a specialty in narrative medicine. She is a resident at Columbia University Medical Center.


A lucid and important book, filled with moving case histories and vignettes, about an infectious illness that is threatening many lives.--Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer and The Gene: An Intimate History
Lyme disease is a more complicated and nuanced illness than has been previously recognized. Fallon and Sotsky's experience with the neuropsychological manifestations of Lyme, combined with their insights into the current patient experience, make this book a significant addition to the literature. A well-organized, comprehensive treatment of Lyme disease and the associated issues that patients face.--John Aucott, director, Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center
Conquering Lyme Disease is a balanced and factual synthesis of what is known and unknown about Lyme disease. Written in a clear and understandable way for a lay audience as well as medical professionals, it is a rich source of information on this complex subject, explaining the science behind current treatments and future directions for research.--Stephen W. Barthold, University of California, Davis
What is science's role in turning the corner on what some have labelled a 'public health failure'? Physicians Brian Fallon and Jennifer Sotsky tackle this question in their insightful study Conquering Lyme Disease, in which they journey beyond the history, biology and symptoms of the illness. Their greatest accomplishment, by far, is delivering multiple viewpoints with minimal bias and great sensitivity: the clinician's, the researcher's and, particularly, the patient's.--James G. Logan "Nature "
Highly suggested to everyone.--Anna Maria Polidori "Articles and more... "
A sturdy reference on an illness whose varied presentations can bedevil patients and caregivers alike.--Publishers Weekly
In Conquering Lyme Disease, colleagues and coauthors Fallon and Sotsky push readers to grapple with some underlying scientific principles. Readers will have a better sense of where the research is today, where treatment falls short, and what the future may hold.--Library Journal
By presenting an accessible, measured examination of the disease and synthesizing current research, the authors offer readers a great service...Highly recommended.--Choice
Fallon and colleagues have produced a valuable book combining humanistic Forster-type narratives and scientific Fisher-like elements to examine the human condition of chronic illness while describing current research in the complexities of Lyme disease.--Paul Auwaerter "The Lancet Infectious Diseases "
A timely new book.--CMRubinWorld
An enlightening, informative, and up-to-date account of the key issues surrounding the complexity, controversy, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme borreliosis, especially the persistent form of the disease. Written by an outstanding and well-respected physician with tremendous experience, Conquering Lyme Disease will help to bridge the great divide and offer new hope in our fight against this debilitating disease. A must read for all interested in Lyme and associated diseases.--Ying Zhang, MD, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health