Myths and facts about Lyme disease
Leonard H. Sigal, MD
Associate professor in the Department of Medicine and an adjunct associate professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he also is chief of the Division of Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Research aid director of the Lyme Disease Center.
Lyme disease has taken hold in the imagination of the general public and physicians alike. Although the disease is real, the diagnosis is often false. Patients demanding an explanation for feeling out of sorts, and physicians too willing to oblige them with improper use of serologic tests and useless therapies both foster a mythology that conscientious physicians should try to combat. This article debunks the myths and presents the facts.