Saturday, 23 May 2009
Lyme disease author at Brewster Library
Following on from my posting ‘Ticked off!’ comes the news that the Brewster Ladies’ Library and the Brewster Lyme Disease Support Group co-hosted a programme on 19 May featuring author Pamela Weintraub, who discussed her recently published book, Cure Unknown, chronicling her family’s experiences with Lyme disease.
Described by Psychology Today as “the definitive book about Lyme disease and associated disorders and a survivor’s account of a grueling medical odyssey,” Cure Unknown has been universally praised for its combination of scientific research and personal narrative.
During the 1990s Weintraub, her husband, and two sons became seriously ill with this disease, which has surpassed both AIDS and TB as the fastest spreading infectious disease in the United States.
The audience heard Weintraub explain why the Lyme epidemic has been allowed to explode, why patients are dismissed, and what can be done to raise awareness in the medical community and find a cure.
Pamela Weintraub is an author and journalist who specializes in health, biomedicine, and psychology. She is currently a consulting editor at Psychology Today and executive editor at MAMM magazine, and has served as editor in chief of OMNI and staff writer at Discover. Weintraub has written hundreds of articles for many US publications, including Redbook, Ms., McCall's, Audubon, and Health, to name just a few. She lives in Connecticut, USA.