• Background: I began my study of the spirochete genus Borrelia in 1980 at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories of the National Institutes of Health.  From Herbert Stoenner I learned how to grow in the laboratory a Borrelia species that causes relapsing fever in western North America.  This experience prepared me in 1981 to achieve the first isolation of the cause of Lyme disease in collaboration with Willy Burgdorfer.
  • My research on relapsing fever and Lyme disease continued at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and since 1996 at the University of California Irvine. It has been supported mainly by grants from the National Institutes of Health and to a lesser extent by grants from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private non-profit foundations.
  • My second book on Lyme disease is entitled Lyme Disease: Why It’s Spreading, How It Makes You Sick, and What To Do About It.  It is on the Spring 2015 list of Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • This was a near complete rewriting of my first book on Lyme disease, which was entitled Lyme Disease: The Cause, The Cure, The Controversy and was published in 1996.
  • The new book updates information on how Borrelia burdorferi, the Lyme disease agent, first infects and then causes illness; the cycle of the bacteria in nature; the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease; what may be the basis for persistent symptoms; and what individuals, households, and communities can do to prevent infection.
  • The new book also devotes an entire chapter to other infections that are transmitted by deer ticks.  These include Borrelia miyamotoi, newly-recognized agent of human disease, babesiosis, human granulocytic anaplasmosis, and Powassan/Deer Tick Virus encephalitis.
  • Additional features of the new book are a glossary and a bibliography.
  • The book in either hardback or trade paperback version can be ordered directly from the publisher by phone (1-800-537-5487) or online (  To receive a 30% discount use the code HNAF.
  • The book in hardback or trade paperback versions can also be ordered from Amazon or Barnes and Noble or your local independent bookseller.
  • An ebook version is also available.

    Alan Barbour
    Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Author
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