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*Starred Review* When journalist Weintraub and her family moved from their cramped, treeless home in New York City to a spacious, tree-shaded manse in suburban Chappaqua, they believed it was all good. Or at least the big yard with deer cavorting in nearby woods would be better, healthier, than their city digs. Within a short time, first one son, then the other, became sick with a series of increasingly debilitating disorders. Soon Weintraub and her husband presented a laundry list of similar complaints, many serious enough to threaten to sidetrack their careers. The family turned to local physicians for answers. Lyme disease, an infection communicated by the bite of a tick carried by those cavorting deer, was mentioned but discounted for a variety of reasons. Weintraub turned to the most prestigious medical centers New York had to offer and got similar responses. Hearing one implausible diagnosis after another and, worse, seeing no improvement in their individual conditions, the credentialed science writer began independent research and turned up what amounts to a controversy as contentious as creationism versus evolution. Weintraub turns a tragic (her children are still unwell) yet eye-opening experience into a shocking exposure of what can happen when egos, greed, and peer pressure supercede objective evidence, allowing patients to suffer chronic, disabling illness. --Donna Chavez
Pamela Weintraub's book is compelling, clear and troubling. (Patti Adcroft, editorial director of Discover magazine)
In Cure, Unknown, Pamela Weintraub has produced both the definitive book about Lyme disease and associated disorders and a survivor's account of a grueling medical odyssey. Weintraub is a masterful science writer and storyteller, and she tackles the quarrels and quagmires surrounding this baffling illness with intelligence and pathos. This is an important and unforgettable book, destined to make a lasting contribution to the field of investigative health journalism. (Kaja Perina, editor in chief of Psychology Today)
A thoroughly researched and well-written account of the disease's controversial history. (Jane Brody, New York Times)
Millions suffering from symptoms of a mysterious disease need suffer confusion and loss no longer. If you want to know the real story behind Lyme disease and how to find your way back to health, read this book. (Mark Hyman, MD, author of the New York Times bestseller, UltraMetabolism)
Science journalism at its best. (Amiram Katz, MD, Clinical Faculty, Neurology Department, Yale School of Medicine)
Weintraub turns a tragic yet eye-opening experience into a shocking exposure of what can happen when egos, greed, and peer pressure supercede objective evidence, allowing patients to suffer chronic, disabling illness. (Donna Chavez, Booklist)
Exhaustively researched and highly recommended. (Tina Neville, Library Journal)
A tale of biological complexities, scientific turf battles, political intrigue, human egos and money - lots of it. (Dorothy Kupcha Leland, Sacramento Bee)
In the war of information on Lyme disease, patient activist groups have started from a marked disadvantage to the medical establishment in terms of visibility and credibility. That may be changing, and science journalist Pamela Weintraub's new book, "Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic" (St. Martin's Press), could be one reason. Weintraub, a senior editor at Discover magazine, uses her family's protracted Lyme odyssey as the jumping off point for an exploration into the history, politics and, predominantly, the patient experience of the tick-borne disease. (Susan Morse, Washington Post)
Makes one see how primitive modern medicine is. What your doctor tells you may or may not be of value.Published 23 days ago by charleshlapo
This is an excellent book about Lyme Disease! It provides a great background, explains connections, and offers how families are effected. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very scary book to read. Our government isn't doing enough to stop the Lyme diseases.Published 2 months ago by timberwolf517
This is a fascinating book. Very well written, well paced, well researched and readable.Published 5 months ago by Meli D.
The best book I have read on the odyssey which is undiagnosed Lyme Disease. Offered tremendous clarification as to the politics in Connecticut in 1993, and why so many of us who... Read morePublished 8 months ago by JR Bennett