’Any medical professional (doctors,nurses, microbiologists) should consider reading this book to provide an up to date resource of the impact of Lyme disease and its complications’
Title: Lyme Disease
Author: Alan G Barbour, MD
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Press
Reviewer: Anne Duell, sister, Birmingham Community NHS Trust
What was it like?
This book is a brilliant insight to Lyme disease, mapping its geographic and histological development and spread. The author provides a good evidence base when providing this information. The structure of this book provides a journey, which supports maximum learning. The reader begins with some case studies that are refered to at various points. The complexity of late diagnosis of infection in preference to earlier detection is discussed, proceding from this we have discussion around disease pathology and reservoirs of disease transmission. Once diagnsis has been made, Barbour continues to discuss various routes to the diagnosis, testing undertaken and the importance of microbiology labratories in supporting timely diagnosis and progression to treatment via antibiotic therapy. Finally, the author looks at the wider environment and discusses how we can reduce/prevent Lyme disease illness and measures which could be considered for implementation.
What were the highlights?
The highlight of this book is just how readable it is when covering what is potentially a more complex disease to read about within an academenic or community setting. The other insight that was raised for consideration is that the medical team have to deal, not just with the tics transfered from a deer (primarily) to a human but also the secondary concern of other diseases, which may be transmitted from the tic that has come from the deer.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The strengths of this book come through how the author has structured his book to flow logically from disease insight to tesing, diagnosis, treatment and future prevention/reduction of diease. There are no weaknesses in the book which stand out, if anything a few more visual aids could benefit the reader.
Who should read it?
This book should be read by anyone who lives and works in the country where the infestation of tics is a high possibility. Any medical professional (doctors,nurses, microbiologists) should consider reading this book to provide an up to date resource of the impact of Lyme disease and its complications to aid accurate diagnisis and treatment and post care education to reduce the reinfection risks.