Treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease: Fifty-One Case Reports and Essays in Their Regard
This highly-anticipated book documents the experiences and opinions of a well-known, pioneering doctor in the management of chronic Lyme disease. It also contains eleven opinionated essays about this challenging and fascinating disease. About the Author: Burton Waisbren, MD, FACP, FIDSA is one of the Founding Members of the IDSA (Infectious Diseases Society of America), an organization which typically does not recognize the existence of chronic Lyme disease. In this book, Dr. Waisbren passionately argues for the validity of this devastating disease.
He has over 57 years experience as a practicing physician. Dr. Waisbren is a native Milwaukean who received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, Wisconsin. He served his internship at the Harvard Service at Boston City Hospital. His military service was at the Navy Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland and the Biological Warfare Center, Camp Dietrick, Maryland. His residency and fellowship was served at the University of Minnesota Hospitals where he was an instructor in the medical school. He received a master’s degree in bacterial genetics from the University of Minnesota in 1951.
He moved to Milwaukee, his hometown, in 1951 and established a private practice in internal medicine, infectious disease and immunology. At that time, he also headed the infectious disease control unit at the Milwaukee County Hospital. From 1951 to 1969, he was the director of the infectious disease division of first the Marquette Medical School and then the Medical College of Wisconsin. During that time, he was appointed associate clinical professor of medicine. He was the medical director of the St. Mary’s Hospital Burn Center from 1962 to 1982. He has directed a cancer immunotherapy clinic in Milwaukee since 1973.
He has published numerous articles in the peer reviewed medical literature and has authored books on systematic methods of critical care and on medical emergencies. Dr. Waisbren is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and also is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America. He is a founding member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the American Burn Association, and the Critical Care Society of America. Other books by this author Princess Zoey, Prince Joey and Bud ISBN 978-1-4500-4261-1 Adventures in the Practice of Investigative Internal Medicine 1951-2006
- Amazon Sales Rank: #157860 in Books
- Published on: 2011-10-19
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .58 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 192 pages
About the Author
The reader may wonder how a practicing physician from Milwaukee has chosen to present fifty-one case reports and eleven essays regarding his treatment of chronic Lyme disease. My involvement with Lyme disease started in 1989, when the son of a woman who was dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) called me and suggested that his mother’s illness may have started when she developed a severe case of Lyme disease. Intrigued by his question, I investigated by having a study done by a professor of neurology at the medical school in Madison, Wisconsin, using sera that had been collected from a number of patients who had ALS. Enough of the sera showed antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi to suggest that a relationship between ALS and Lyme disease may be present. We reported this finding in the medical journal The Lancet. This awakened my interest in Lyme disease, and I saw my first case in 1990. One thing led to another, and through word of mouth and sharing my experiences on my website, I began to see patients with chronic Lyme disease and to study this disease.
By 2007, I was seeing patients with this disease on a regular basis, and this has continued to occur to the present. To my wonderment, literature began to appear, written by some of my respected colleagues, that in a sense denied that the syndrome of chronic Lyme disease occurs (see essay 4 in this book). Accordingly, I felt that the time had come to share my experience with this syndrome with my colleagues and with individuals who are unfortunate enough to have chronic Lyme disease. This book is based on my experiences in the practice of what I had termed “investigative internal medicine” for greater than fifty-five years and my teaching of medical infectious diseases, first at Marquette University Medical School and then at the Medical College of Wisconsin, between 1952 and 1990. Based on my initial training in infectious diseases, the medical literature, and my clinical experience, I have come to the conclusion that there is an epidemic of chronic Lyme disease occurring in the United States that warrants more attention than it is getting from the government and the academic medical establishment. It is hard for me to believe that the fifty-one cases of what I call the chronic Lyme disease syndrome represent a figment of my imagination. It will be up to the reader to make a decision in this regard.
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