’This is such an incredibly powerful book.’
Title: Lyme The first Epidemic of Climate Change
Author: Mary Beth Pfeiffer
Publisher: Island Press
Reviewer: Jane Brown, quality governance manager specialised clinical services division, Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust
What was it like?
The author explores climate change – a wake up call for us all. Tick borne diseases and the battle to find treatments and to somehow fight what is affecting millions of people in the US and other countries. For readers in the UK this is possibly news to them, but the message needs to get out there as climates get warmer, ticks will breed where they would not have before.
What were the highlights?
The highlights for me personally were the interviews with patients, specialists, and researchers around the world. The author demonstrates the case for Governments, World Health Organisations and public health to do something before it is too late. The author clearly states that it is people and larger animals who will suffer. A simple bite can be fatal.
Frightening the author statement that we are ultimately to blame as we unleashed the lyme pathogen.
This is such an incredibly powerful book.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Well researched and beautifully written. The text is not overburdening to the reader. The argument is well presented and backed up with data. Very much a world-wide issue and now needs backing from the UK also. It urges the reader to be caring for the planet also we all have a part to play. The author is an investigative reporter and this shines through the writing and argument.
I found no weaknesses in this book.
Who should read it?
Pathology staff, clinical staff, junior staff in training, patient advocates and researchers.