Resource List: Lyme Disease

Approximate distribution of the Blacklegged tick, commonly referred to as the deer tick (CDC)

Click on the links below for more comprehensive information about Lyme disease.


— From the CDC: Patient information, general Lyme disease topics and FAQs

— From the state of Massachusetts: Website on tickborne diseases and an overview of tickborne diseases

CLICK TO ENLARGE: Relative sizes of several ticks at different life stages (CDC)

— From the Legislature: Lyme disease in Massachusetts: a public health crisis


Tick Encounter

— From the state: Personal protection against ticks and Ticks in your yard: Here’s what to do

A Sampling Of Local Sites:

Lincoln Tick Task Force

Martha’s Vineyard Boards of Health: Tickborne illness

Brewster Lyme disease information

Alternative/Advocate/Patient Support Groups:

International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (created as an alternative to the mainstream Infectious Diseases Society of America)

Sturbridge Lyme Awareness of Massachusetts (S.L.A.M) (LymeNet lists other Massachusetts support groups here.)

CommonHealth co-host Carey Goldberg has been reading widely on Lyme disease. Some of her favorites:

  • It came out almost 10 years ago, but Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Dr. Jonathan Edlow spins a fascinating scientific yarn in “Bull’s-Eye: Unraveling the Medical Mystery of Lyme Disease.”
  • Pamela Weintraub is a leading science journalist, executive editor of Discover magazine, and her whole family has been through a nightmarish Lyme disease journey. Her 2008 book, “Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic,” is billed as “the most comprehensive account of the past, present and future of Lyme disease,” and it weaves in harrowing personal medical accounts as well.
  • The Widening Circle: A Lyme Disease Pioneer Tells Her Story” is an oldie but goodie: A first-person narrative by Polly Murray, the artist and mother of four in Lyme, Conn., whose activism was critical in getting the disease on the map. It’s also just mind-boggling what she and her family went through.

Tick 101: From the American Lyme Disease Foundation:

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