ILADS Members Question Motives of New England Journal of Medicine Article on Lyme Disease Treatment
Article in New England Journal of Medicine Fails to Disclose Conflicts of Interest of Overlapping Panel Members
International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) criticizes just-published article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Article concludes Chronic Lyme Disease a misnomer, despite significant real-world evidence proving otherwise.
Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) October 3, 2007 -- Members of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) voiced skepticism regarding the conclusions of a newly published article in The New England Journal of Medicine entitled "A Critical Appraisal of Chronic Lyme Disease".
The article, written by a committee of researchers, erroneously concludes that chronic Lyme disease is a "misnomer", citing lack of scientific evidence proving the existence of the condition. ILADS members pointed out the article does not reflect real-world patient experience with the disease.
"We have great respect for the New England Journal of Medicine," states Dr. Raphael Stricker, President of ILADS. "But we are concerned this article will continue to foster inadequate care for patients who are suffering from the long-term affects of chronic Lyme disease."
ILADS members believe the article's conclusions ignore more than 19,000 scientific studies on tick-borne diseases and reflect a huge conflict of interest. Specifically:
"It is unfortunate that this article perpetuates the narrow viewpoint on Lyme disease," added Stricker. "We believe it is in everyone's best interest to broaden the scope of the discussion within the medical community in order to better address the suffering among patients."
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