Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Over the Edge
Author: Brandilyn Collins
Publisher: B&H Books
Release Date: May 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Suspense
Year/Setting: Present, Stanford University, California
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild/Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Brandilyn's Website/Blog: www.brandilyncollins.com
This book will definitely stay with you for a long time. A real page turner, as you will want to know who is responsible for the atrocities that happen regarding - and there are so many of us (me included) that have had it - Lyme Disease. And the fact that Lyme Disease is positively real.
Getting to this medical debate, Dr. Brock McNeil, a research professor at Stanford University's Department of Medicine, specializes in tick-borne diseases, especially Lyme Disease. He and his committee have declared that there is no such thing as Chronic Lyme Disease. (Which means, they say, that there is a Lyme Disease caused by deer ticks but, you can cure it in a few weeks with doses of antibiotics and it goes away forever). Dr. McNeil and his cohorts do not recognize that the disease will come back to haunt you year after year. In the meantime, patients are suffering across the the country and getting sicker, and the committee that Dr. McNeil chairs is ready to publish findings that will seal the fate of millions with Lyme Disease making it go unrecognized.
One man, who has been through his own kind of hell, is determined to show Dr. McNeil that there certainly is Chronic Lyme by infecting Dr. McNeil's wife with the disease and then threatening her to make her husband change his mind regarding treatment - and, if she doesn't succeed, he will infect her daughter also. He manages to infect Janessa McNeil and she becomes violently ill. But, sadly, her marriage is in trouble and she is so sick that she can't even take care of herself, let alone think about doing anything to change the mind of her husband.
I really hope that the author is able to bring her message to readers. This book can sometimes really gross you out as it did me but, I applaud the author for the subject matter. I was one of the lucky ones who was diagnosed correctly at the beginning and didn't have any more trouble but, it really is terrible to go through something that is almost impossible to recognize or do something about. Much luck with this book, and hopefully the public and medical community will wake up to the fact that there is definitely something that can be done about this horrendous condition.
Until next time,
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