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Confronting Lyme Disease: What Patient Stories Teach Us (IPPY Award Winner - Health/Medicine/Nutrition) Paperback – February 9, 2006
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About the Author
Karen “Trish” Yerges is a prolific author with over 150 published articles on the topics of medicine, history, and art. She has extensive interviewing skills and specializes in writing narratives and biographies. Her work has appeared in newspapers and books. She has advised student writers and has received awards and recognition for her writing accomplishments. Lyme disease personally touched her life when her daughter became ill in 1999. She currently lives in northeastern Oregon with her husband and two children. Rita Stanley, Ph.D., has done original research in the areas of physiology and biochemistry and has published in leading scientific journals such as The Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Neurochemistry, and Biology of Reproduction. She was a Lyme disease support group leader for a decade at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon, and served on the advisory and directors' boards at the Lyme Alliance, Inc. A former Lyme patient, she lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.
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My sincerest thanks to all who have contributed to the excellent writing of this book. It is very easy to understand. I found myself in every story told. Most of all, I know that I am not alone in my battle with Lyme Disease.
Sincerely living daily with Lyme Disease,
Connie Siese, Wayne, Michigan
Support Group Leader and Lyme Volunteer
This is probably the best book I have come across on chronic diseases. I wish there were books like this for other chronic diseases. I came to know about this book when I was trying to help a Lyme disease victim, a friend of a family member. I got this book for them and they said it was very helpful for them. After they returned the book I read it and found how ignorant I was about this disease. This is probably one of the worst diseases to get. Considering all the hurdles these people have to go through having to get proper care. Misdiagnosis seems to be the normal pattern I see for all these brave worriers. My heart goes out for them.
One interesting fact about this book is the authors have provided all the references for people to get additional helpful information. Practically all the symptoms have been listed in the stories of these victims and it is easy to compare with your own symptoms.
I am not new to misdiagnosis by medical doctors. I have seen it all my life and experienced it myself many times. This is a must read book for all the people and not just Lyme disease victims. The most important facts to remember is "Doctors are not gods. They do not know everything. Medical science is very complicated." I only wish some of them are not arrogant but humble and listen to patients. There are a few good doctors we have to be lucky to get them. As it is written in this book please try to learn as much as possible about your disease and get all the help. All the references you need to consult are in this book.
I have been a researcher in medical science for the first 24 years and worked in pharmaceutical companies in developing drugs for the next 24 years of my life. The progress in medical science most of the time is by chemists, biologists, biochemists, pharmacologists and physiologists etc. Medical doctors are not responsible all the advancement in medicine. Dr. Rita Stanley is highly qualified with a background in Physiology and Biochemistry, a victim herself and helped many in a support group. She has Ph.D. from an accredited university and not a mail ordered degree. This is very well written book in a scholarly way.
The first scientist who was responsible for eradicating communicable diseases, Louis Pasteur is a chemist and a biologist. He constantly told every one he is not a medical doctor.
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