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September 1992

Lyme Disease and the Nervous System

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Eau Claire, Wis

Arch Neurol. 1992;49(9):899. doi:10.1001/archneur.1992.00530330017005

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Since the discovery of the North American tick-borne borrelial infections in Old Lyme, Conn, in 1975, international public and scientific interest has focused on this illness to a degree surpassed only by the attention directed toward the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. The scientific and the lay literature has grown exponentially, and, unfortunately, some theories about the disease and its treatment have gained prominence with only minimal scientific backing. This book offers help for physicians trying to understand their patients' symptoms and the meaning of test reports.

Louis Reik, Jr, first saw patients with nervous system Lyme disease as a house officer at Yale University (New Haven, Conn) in 1977 and coauthored important early clinical publications regarding this disorder. After several years of literary silence, he has returned to the neuroborreliosis arena with his encyclopedic review book. Reik has painstakingly reviewed hundreds of articles related to the disorder now most commonly called

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