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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.