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He Helped Solve the Mystery of Lyme Disease
Posted By Patrick Kiger On September 23, 2013 @ 5:26 pm In Bulletin Today,Legacy,Personal Health | Comments Disabled
In the 1970s, a cluster of cases of unexplained severe joint pain and swelling was breaking out in a small three-township area in Connecticut, as a 1976 New York Times article  detailed. Fortunately, the mysterious affliction soon came to the attention of a team of Yale University medical researchers headed by rheumatology chief Dr. Stephen E. Malawista, who passed away on Sept. 19 at age 79 in Hamden, Conn.
Malawista and his colleagues — Dr. Allen C. Steere and Dr. John A. Hardin — announced in 1977  that they had discovered an infectious disease transmitted by ticks. In 1980, Malawista and Steere made an even more important discovery — that Lyme Disease, as it came to be called, could be treated with antibiotics .
Here are some facts about Malawista and the medical mystery he helped solve.
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 1976 New York Times article: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive/pdf?res=F50E1FFB355E1A738DDDA10994DF405B868BF1D3
 passed away on Sept. 19 at age 79 : http://articles.courant.com/2013-09-19/health/hc-malawista-lyme-0920-20130919_1_lyme-disease-rheumatology-department-disease-control
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 announced in 1977: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive/pdf?res=F20810F73A5D167493C3A9178DD85F438785F9
 treated with antibiotics: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6967272
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p0819-lyme-disease.html
 New York Times obituary: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/science/stephen-e-malawista-lyme-disease-researcher-dies-at-79.html?pagewanted=all
 Jonathan A. Edlow: http://books.google.com/books?id=SokNhmzFERIC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q=malawista&f=false
 history of Lyme Disease: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3117402/
 Gerald Weisssmann,: http://books.google.com/books?id=O2MBAGCt8dEC&pg=PA302&dq=stephen+malawista&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lINAUvzOJ4Wj4AOYzYDwAg&ved=0CD0Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=stephen%20malawista&f=false
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