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.