Everything You Need to Know about Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Disorders

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With millions around the world infected—and millions more at risk—Lyme and tick-related diseases are now today's fastest growing infectious diseases. Yet, even as the number of Lyme disease sufferers continues to climb and other dangerous tick-borne disorders emerge, diagnosis remains elusive, often hampering chances of early treatment. Now, this complete guide tells you everything you need to know to protect yourself and your family from the ...
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Everything You Need to Know About Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Disorders

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Overview

With millions around the world infected—and millions more at risk—Lyme and tick-related diseases are now today's fastest growing infectious diseases. Yet, even as the number of Lyme disease sufferers continues to climb and other dangerous tick-borne disorders emerge, diagnosis remains elusive, often hampering chances of early treatment. Now, this complete guide tells you everything you need to know to protect yourself and your family from the pain of Lyme disease, including expert advice on:
  • Recognizing the symptoms of Lyme disease
  • Finding the best medical treatment
  • Avoiding disease-carrying ticks
  • Accessing online information on vaccines, repellents, and the latest research
  • Finding self-help and support organizations, state medical complaint boards, products, and related services

This is a well researched and clearly written book covering all aspects of Lyme disease - from symptoms, to prevention and treatment. A great bibliography and resource list is included. Insurance information, support groups, and web addresses help the reader obtain additional information for empowerment. Other tick-borne disorders are also listed. The forward is written by Dr. Willy Burgdorfer - the discoverer of the Lyme bacterium. This is clearly a book to buy and give to your friends!

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Reviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book attempts to live up to its ambitious title. The result is a book that provides useful information for the general public and tells an interesting story about an important infectious disease.
Purpose: Basically a consumer guide to Lyme Disease, this book aims to provide concerned parents with basic knowledge and useful insights into the prevention and management of the disease. The book presents these issues from the perspective of a parent whose child died from the disease at a time when the little that was known about the disease was confined to a small part of the scientific community. The book thereby emerges as a tool of advocacy for this and other health issues.
Audience: Although primarily intended for parents and other concerned persons in the general public, the book's scope, tone, and story will also attract other audiences. The author is the founder of the Lyme Disease Foundation, and a mother whose family experienced the effects of Lyme Disease firsthand.
Features: The book makes sparse use of tables and graphs, but does include several photographic illustrations. Other than the quality of the photographs, these elements are adequately presented. The table of contents and index are adequate, and the appearance is bland. The book includes substantial resources for further information and ample references. A timeline describing the history of Lyme Disease is especially interesting.
Assessment: This book ably blends knowledge about a disease with human experience in dealing with that disease. The result is a book with an interesting story full of useful information. This combination allows the book to successfully compete with a variety of current approaches to providing health information for the public through more technologically advanced modes. This book should be available in every health science library.
Bernard J. Turnock
This book attempts to live up to its ambitious title. The result is a book that provides useful information for the general public and tells an interesting story about an important infectious disease. Basically a consumer guide to Lyme Disease, this book aims to provide concerned parents with basic knowledge and useful insights into the prevention and management of the disease. The book presents these issues from the perspective of a parent whose child died from the disease at a time when the little that was known about the disease was confined to a small part of the scientific community. The book thereby emerges as a tool of advocacy for this and other health issues. Although primarily intended for parents and other concerned persons in the general public, the book's scope, tone, and story will also attract other audiences. The author is the founder of the Lyme Disease Foundation, and a mother whose family experienced the effects of Lyme Disease firsthand. The book makes sparse use of tables and graphs, but does include several photographic illustrations. Other than the quality of the photographs, these elements are adequately presented. The table of contents and index are adequate, and the appearance is bland. The book includes substantial resources for further information and ample references. A timeline describing the history of Lyme Disease is especially interesting. This book ably blends knowledge about a disease with human experience in dealing with that disease. The result is a book with an interesting story full of useful information. This combination allows the book to successfully compete with a variety of current approaches to providing health information for thepublic through more technologically advanced modes. This book should be available in every health science library.
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There's no doubt that, as bugs go, ticks are especially yucky. They have an appetite for human blood and carry diseases that range from irritating to life-threatening. This book is a comprehensive guide to ticks and tick-borne disorders. As the president and founder of the Lyme Disease Foundation and the mother of a child who died of Lyme Disease, Vanderhoof-Forschner has the knowledge to make this book comprehensive and the personal experience to make it compelling. She discusses the status of Lyme disease as a public health threat, the nature and characteristics of ticks; the history of Lyme disease; its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment; and the search for vaccines. She also advises on how to protect yourself from ticks and manage your property to decrease their numbers. The author's writing is conversational and clear even when discussing complex topics, and her appendixes are outstanding. Although some of her suggestions may be excessiveshe advocates hourly nude tick checks if you are wearing short sleeves or pants, for instancethis is an excellent book that will be an asset to any health sciences collection.Stacey Hathaway, Fordham Health Sciences Lib., Wright State Univ., Dayton, Ohio

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471160618
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

KAREN VANDERHOOF-FORSCHNER is the chair of the board of directors of the Lyme Disease Foundation. She was named Woman of the Year for her work by the Points of Light Foundation and Family Circle. In 1992, Time magazine hailed her efforts as the "most successful awareness campaign" of any health organization. In addition to her numerous television appearances, Ms. Vanderhoof-Forschner has been interviewed by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek, among other prominent publications.
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Table of Contents

A Public Health Threat Emerges.

Understanding Ticks and the Infections They Spread.

The History of Lyme Disease.

Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease.

The Quest for a Diagnosis.

The Treatment of Lyme Disease.

Other Tick-Borne Disorders.

How to Remove a Tick.

Personal Protection for You and Your Family.

Managing Your Property.

The Promise of Vaccines.

The Risks to Your Animals.

Appendices.

Selected Bibliography.

Afterword.

Index.

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