- By Richard Ostfeld

Lyme Disease: The Ecology of a Complex System

  • Title: Lyme Disease: The Ecology of a Complex System
  • Author: Richard Ostfeld
  • ISBN: 9780195388121
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lyme Disease The Ecology of a Complex System Most human diseases come from nature from pathogens that live and breed in non human animals and are accidentally transmitted to us Human illness is only the culmination of a complex series of intera

    Most human diseases come from nature, from pathogens that live and breed in non human animals and are accidentally transmitted to us Human illness is only the culmination of a complex series of interactions among species in their natural habitats To avoid exposure to these pathogens, we must understand which species are involved, what regulates their abundance, and howMost human diseases come from nature, from pathogens that live and breed in non human animals and are accidentally transmitted to us Human illness is only the culmination of a complex series of interactions among species in their natural habitats To avoid exposure to these pathogens, we must understand which species are involved, what regulates their abundance, and how they interact Lyme Disease affects the lives of millions of people in the US, Europe, and Asia It is the most frequently reported vector borne disease in the United States About 20,000 cases have been reported each year over the past five years, and tens of thousands go unrecognized and unreported Despite the epidemiological importance of understanding variable LD risk, such pursuit has been slow, indirect, and only partially successful, due in part to an overemphasis on identifying the small subset of key players that contribute to Lyme Disease risk, as well as a general misunderstanding of effective treatment options This controversial book explores is a comprehensive, synthetic review of research on the ecology of Lyme Disaease in North America It describes how humans get sick, why some years and places are so risky and others not It challenges dogma for instance, that risk is closely tied to the abundance of deer and replaces it with a new understanding that embraces the complexity of species and their interactions It describes why the place where Lyme disease emerged coastal New England set researchers on mistaken pathways It shows how tiny acorns have enormous impacts on our probability of getting sick, why biodiversity is good for our health, why living next to a small woodlot is dangerous, and why Lyme disease is an excellent model system for understanding many other human and animal diseases Intended for an audience of professional and student ecologists, epidemiologists, and other health scientists, it is written in an informal

    1 thought on “Lyme Disease: The Ecology of a Complex System

    1. I really wanted to love this book. Actually, I do love this book. But I wanted to love this book more. The published review I read stated that this book was accessible to non-scientists. I disagree. Perhaps if I had retained more from my high-school biology class I would have felt more comfortable with the author's discussions of epidemiology, vectors and a host of other nomenclature that biologists use in their daily lives. As a non-biologist, yet someone who considers himself a little bit smar [...]

    2. Written by a senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies located in Dutchess county New York - a region that boasts one of the highest per capita rates of Lyme disease in the world - this book takes a look at what scientists have learned from two decades of studying Lyme disease in nature. And what they've learned is plenty. Excellent read.

    3. Wonderful book written for everyone to read and understand. Only fault is lack of solutions. But soultions will take more than suggestions from one author. A public movement to live with nature is required ( see also Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy)

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