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The Ecology of a Complex System
by Richard S. Ostfeld

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Catalog #4192, Lyme-Disease Catalog #4192, page-6 Catalog #4192, pg-37

2011, 232 pages, b/w photos, graphs.  Lyme disease affects the lives of millions of people in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. It is the most frequently reported vector-borne disease in the United States; About 20,000 cases have been reported each year over the past five years, and tens of thousands more go unrecognized and unreported. Despite the epidemiological importance of understanding variable Lyme disease risk, such pursuit has been slow, indirect, and only partially successful, due in part to an overemphasis on identifying the small subset of 'key players' that contribute to Lyme disease risk, as well as a general misunderstanding of effective treatment options.

This controversial book is a comprehensive, synthetic review of research on the ecology of Lyme disease in North America. It describes how humans get sick, why some years and places are so risky and others not. It challenges dogma - for instance, that risk is closely tied to the abundance of deer - and replaces it with a new understanding that embraces the complexity of species and their interactions. It describes why the place where Lyme disease emerged - coastal New England - set researchers on mistaken pathways. It shows how tiny acorns have enormous impacts on our probability of getting sick, why biodiversity is good for our health, why living next to a small woodlot is dangerous, and why Lyme disease is an excellent model system for understanding many other human and animal diseases.

The book is written for professional and student ecologists, epidemiologists, and other health scientists. Its informal style also makes it accessible to non-scientists interested in human health and conservation. Hardcover; 6-1/8 x 9-1/4".

About the Author - Richard Ostfeld is Senior Scientist and Animal Ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, New York. His research has resulted in more than 150 scientific publications.

4192 Ostfeld, Lyme Disease; Ecology of a Complex System

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