Mary Beth Pfeiffer is a graduate of Marist College and worked at the Poughkeepsie Journal in the US from 1982 to 2015. Her investigative reporting is often long range, meaning that she writes series of articles over many months. She has been investigating Lyme disease since 2012 and the Journal has published more than 12 installments on the subject. She has just published a new book called ‘Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change’.
To order your copy of Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change, Island Press, April 2018 click here.
A review of her book by LDUK volunteer and author of Finding Joy, Morven-May MacCallum:
‘I am in awe of Mary Beth Pfeiffer’s book, Lyme The First Epidemic of Climate Change, and the sheer level of dedication which the author has given to write this compelling piece of work. Mary Beth delves unflinchingly into a highly complex subject. Amongst the maze of controversy, debate, science and patient experiences Mary Beth manages to weave the many strands of this tangled tale into a highly enjoyable, illuminating and informative read. This book will leave the reader gasping and shaking their heads in disbelief. Mary Beth interjects the scientific elements of her book with emotive patient stories and never loses sight of the human aspects which makes education about this profoundly devastating disease so pertinent to every member of society. Mary Beth examines and lays out all sides of this complex story in a highly readable and relatable manner opening up the subject to anyone who would like to learn more about the various issues surrounding Lyme disease – no matter what their background in relation to the subject. I enjoyed this book so much that when I finished it…I went right back to the start to reread it.’
To learn more about Mary Beth’s work and to contact her, please see her website.
Thank you to Mary Beth for taking the time to answer our questions.