Medical Science Steps Up Its Assault on Lyme Disease – New York Times

This excerpt, from the 1989 New York Times, link below, caught my attention and caused me to pause to ask:

Did Alan Steere ” discover ” Lyme disease?

”A number of people who don’t have Lyme disease are being diagnosed with Lyme disease,” said Dr. Alan C. Steere, an arthritis expert at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. His team at Yale is credited with discovering Lyme disease in 1975.

Rather, I would give credit to Polly Murray, the Connecticut mother who noticed so many kids had debilitating physical problems in 1977, in Lyme, Connecticut.  She saw an unusual number of children at bus stops with crutches.  Alarmed, Polly Murray is the one who called the department of health.

Or, I would credit the 5,000 year old ice man who had Lyme bacteria in his recently found frozen body.

Or, I would credit the Europeans who reported the disease more than 100 years ago.

Alan  Caruthers  Steere did not  ” discover ”  Lyme disease.

New York Times July 1989.  Not much has changed with Lyme. Click the link below to the article. 

Medical Science Steps Up Its Assault on Lyme Disease – New York Times.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s