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Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change (Hardcover)

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“Superbly written and researched.” Booklist

“Builds a strong case.” Kirkus

Lyme disease is spreading rapidly around the globe as ticks move into places they could not survive before. The first epidemic to emerge in the era of climate change, the disease infects half a million people in the US and Europe each year, and untold multitudes in Canada, China, Russia, and Australia.

Mary Beth Pfeiffer shows how we have contributed to this growing menace, and how modern medicine has underestimated its danger. She tells the heart-rending stories of families destroyed by a single tick bite, of children disabled, and of one woman’s tragic choice after an exhaustive search for a cure.

Pfeiffer also warns of the emergence of other tick-borne illnesses that make Lyme more difficult to treat and pose their own grave risks. Lyme is an impeccably researched account of an enigmatic disease, making a powerful case for action to fight ticks, heal patients, and recognize humanity’s role in a modern scourge.

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“As Pfeiffer’s hard-hitting study reminds us, non-specific symptoms and other complexities make tackling Lyme a formidable challenge…She nimbly interweaves numerous strands of research—into the influence of climate change on the Lyme invasion, the disease, the pathogen, the vectors and the harrowing impacts borne by some sufferers.”

(Nature)

Powerful.”

(Slate)

Heart-wrenching…After you read Lyme, the standard advice of ‘do your due diligence, check for ticks, stay aware’ won’t seem adequate…Pfeiffer has delivered a powerful wake-up call.”

(Sierra)

Superbly written and researched, Pfeiffer’s work should go a long way toward convincing the public to take this modern-day scourge more seriously.”

(Booklist)

“In page after page of data and interviews with patients, advocates, and researchers around the world, Pfeiffer builds a strong case…the basic facts she sets forth are credible, and they deserve immediate attention.”

(Kirkus)

“A work of both breadth and depth, impressively documented and often elegant.”

(MinnPost)

“Engrossing.”

(Moms Clean Air Force)

“A highly enjoyable, illuminating and informative read…I enjoyed this book so much that when I finished it…I went right back to the start to reread it.”

(Lyme Disease UK)

Engrossing…Pfeiffer makes a compelling argument that Lyme is expanding because of human influences on the environment, from warming temperatures to killing deer..this issue is important, urgent, and needs more advocates.”

(Massive Science)

“Throws new light on one more danger caused by climate change. Pfeiffer points out the importance not only of combating ticks but also the need for doctors to respond quickly and provide appropriate treatment.  A stark warning that Lyme is but the tip of the iceberg.”

(Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace)

About the Author

Mary Beth Pfeiffer has been an investigative reporter for three decades and is the author of Crazy in America: The Hidden Tragedy of Our Criminalized Mentally Ill (Carroll & Graf Publishers/Basic Books, 2007).

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Height: 900, Length: 600, Weight: 120, Width: 120

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Height: 106, Length: 925, Weight: 121, Width: 634

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