Lyme Lessons: A report from the front lines of a global epidemic

 

ILLUSTRATION BY ANNIE INTERNICOLA

ILLUSTRATION BY ANNIE INTERNICOLA

When Dr. Richard Horowitz talks about Lyme disease, the words come tumbling out with a fiery urgency. It’s an urgency pent up from 25 years of working in the trenches with chronically ill people suffering from a dizzying array of symptoms. A practice in Hyde Park, in the heart of New York deer-tick country, gives Horowitz what he calls a “bull’s-eye view” of an epidemic. He’s the doc that “The Today Show” calls when they need an expert to expound on Lyme—and the one that the weak and the pain-wracked come to find when they can’t get relief anywhere else. Here, Horowitz talks about his new book, Why Can’t I Get Better: Solving the Mystery of Lyme & Chronic Disease (St. Martin’s, 2013)—and lessons gleaned from treating over 12,000 patients to date. Read article