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June 13, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Woodbury Room
43 Amity St
Amherst, MA 01002
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The Growing Threat of Lyme Disease

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The growing threat of ticks and their diseases will be the subject of a talk by investigative journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer. Massachusetts has among the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation, with 3,000 cases reported in 2016, about a tenth of the actual number. Pfeiffer will discuss how modern medicine has underestimated the epidemic’s danger by framing Lyme disease, mistakenly, as easy to diagnose and straightforward to treat.

About the speaker:
Mary Beth Pfeiffer, author of Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change, has been a journalist for four decades. Since 2012, Pfeiffer has emerged as the nation's leading investigative reporter on Lyme disease, attracting national and international attention and garnering seven awards for her groundbreaking articles on this tick-borne scourge. Reviewers have called her book "superbly written and researched"; "a powerful wakeup call"; and "a work of breadth and depth, impressively documented and elegant." Pfeiffer reported for 30 years for the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal, where her Lyme articles were first published. Her Lyme disease articles have also appeared in Scientific American, the Toronto Globe and Mail, Aeon magazine, Newsday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Newark Star Ledger. Her previous book is Crazy in America: The Hidden Tragedy of the Criminalized Mentally Ill, which has been called a testament to the inhumanity of prison solitary confinement. She resides in the Hudson Valley of New York.