Mark Twain wrote that the difference between fact and fiction is that fiction has to make sense. Edlow, an author of medical detective stories and a Harvard professor of medicine, indulges the luxury facts allow while chronicling the evolution of Lyme disease, and with its blind alleys and plot twists, the story of this puzzling illness validates Twain's statement. Almost nothing about Lyme disease makes sense. From its "discovery" in a rural New England town in the mid-1970s--after it was believed that modern antibiotics had all but eradicated infectious disease--to the ongoing debate over its duration, prevention, treatment, and even diagnosis, it has remained a topic of considerable controversy. As the title, which refers to the concentric, red-ringed lesion resulting from the bite of an infected tick, suggests, 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. Donna ChavezCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"An extraordinary work that describes both Lyme disease the disease and Lyme disease the phenomenon. The author is a natural teacher." Stephen Malawista, professor of medicine, Yale University, who led the group that discovered Lyme disease.