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Lyme Disease: The Cause, the Cure, the Controversy (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) Paperback – April 1, 1996

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From Library Journal

Although Lyme disease is named for a town in Connecticut, the first recorded case occurred in Europe at the turn of the century. The incidence has been rising since the 1970s, due partially to increased awareness and partially to the fact that it is a fashionable diagnosis for unexplained symptoms. This book by a physician doing research on the disease is an objective, comprehensive, up-to-date source that explains the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease using case histories to illustrate the symptoms and problems associated with it. Barbour shows how antibiotics and laboratory tests work and why they are not always useful and/or accurate. He discusses the differing opinions about chronic Lyme disease and other conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that have similar symptoms. He tells us why this disease is not a major public health threat (it's confined to certain areas and victims have to be bitten by an infected tick) and offers advice on preventing it. Illustrations of ticks and rashes, maps showing the worldwide distribution of Lyme Disease, and a list of American and international agencies complete the text. While Polly Murray's The Widening Circle (LJ 2/15/96) offers a personal and historical perspective on Lyme, this book is full of current scientific information. Highly recommended for all health collections.?Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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This book by a physician doing research on the disease is an objective, comprehensive, up-to-date source that explains the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease using case histories to illustrate the symptoms and problems associated with it.

(Library Journal)

I am aware of no other book on Lyme disease with this degree of coverage for the general public. Dr. Barbour offers important advice about understanding and preventing the disease and he comments on a variety of interesting issues, including some of the controversial questions surrounding diagnosis and treatment.

(Brian Schwartz, M.D., The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health)

Barbour collects his years of research as a codiscoverer of the cause of the disease into one text... Verdict: Recommended for a general audience interested in Lyme disease... Barbour has written a truly intriguing and accurate study.

(Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801852455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801852459
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,230,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Alan G. Barbour's book not worth reading
Alan G. Barbour is no friend to the Lyme patient. I suffer from chronic Lyme disease and was terribly disappointed and angered by this book. There was a pervasive, underlying thread which downplayed the number of Lyme cases, the severity of the disease, and the complexity of the disease. Barbour's disregard for the plight of Lyme patients is demonstrated in his inexcusable lack of treatment guidelines besides a cookbook reliance on a short term antibiotic therapy which has been clinically proven wrong for many patients. Many, many people are suffering with Lyme disease and cannot get proper treatment. If you buy this book, you will be, in my opinion, adding to this suffering. You will also be less informed when you have finished this book than before you began. Please don't add credibility to Barbour as a Lyme disease expert by buying this book.
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This book is typical of the kind of biased and unsupported reportage about Lyme disease that is responsible for so many Lyme disease patients NOT being properly diagnosed and treated.
While rich in jargon, the book argues for definitions of Lyme disease that exclude so many patients with seronegative, intractable, antibiotic-resistant borreliosis. It is a disservice to Lyme disease patients everywhere and misleads naive doctors as well. There are many far better books on the market, and many websites that are far more informative.
This book is a waste unless you can use it as a case study in the arrogance and close-mindedness of some doctors. I use my copy as a coaster for drippy coffee cups.
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I contracted chronic Lyme disease a year ago and was not diagnosed for ten months. During that time I got worse and worse and not one doctor helped me. In fact they were rude and didn't listen. The over all feeling in the medical community is one of disbelief and hostility. This book is the epitome of those feelings. Reading this book made me feel the same way I did listening to a doctor tell me that the positive test was not significant. This book does nothing more than berate those that are already sick and frightened. It makes you feel as though you are the one with the problem. The disease is all in your head. Also I think I should add that the author of this book was appointed to the Lyme Advisory community for California and then was promptly removed because the people that had Lyme Disease were so angry with his attitude towards them. Beware of this book. It will do nothing other than make you feel bad about a disease that is not your fault. Which leads me to the age old question, Which is worse the cure or the disease? When there are books like this on the market perpetuating the horrible attitude towards truly sick people it is neither. Until this opinion is dispelled, there is no disease and there will be no cure despite how sick you really are.
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This book will only confuse you if you are looking for real answers to the Lyme disease controversy or help for an undiagnosed illness. Barbour does not give you enough information to make informed decisions regarding treatment or diagnosis of an actual entrenched and untreated case of Lyme disease. Your money will be better spent buying books by Denise Lang, Karen Forschner, or Polly Murray.
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Alan Barbour did not cite a single reference in the book. It is entirely his opinion and the reason it was published was to hide the truely devastating epidemic of Lyme and related diseases. It is NOT based on his own scientific evidence. Any physician that uses book as a resource and can't see thru the bologna, is a moron.
So, this book is for MDs incapable of original thought and tells very few truths about Lyme disease.
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By A Customer on December 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a lyme disease patient, I scoured the book looking for help with the symptoms that I have dealt with on a daily basis for 5 yrs now. I found no reference to any of these symptoms in this book, nothing to help me cope with the disease that Dr. Barbour says can be cured with a quick dose of antibiotics. Do yourself a favor, skip this book. More information can be found in a few minutes on the internet.
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Unfortunately Alan Barbour's book has nothing to offer the patient, caretaker or public that the
3 best selling Lyme disease books do. Referring to authors Denise Lang, Polly Murray and Karen Forschner.
For scientific information and hard facts Forschner's book comes out on top over Barbour's.

When reading the book one gets the feeling as when sitting in a doctors office. Not the compassionate family doc, nor the reserved but informative specialist, but rather the second opinion doctor. The one who makes an unsuccessful attempt at not criticizing your primary physcian while proclaiming his own agenda.
Barbour seems to ride the medical fence concerning the controversies of Lyme disease, telling us nothing new, in detail or subtly supporting theories that are not proven, such as Post-Lyme Syndrome. The word "cure" is curious in the book's title.
In conclusion the 258 pages could easily be condensed to about 25 for actual worthwhile information.
Alan Barbour M.D. is an esteemed scientist whom may want to consider confining his literary work to peer-reviewed medical journals.
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