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The mysteries of Lyme Disease are exposed and explored, shedding light on modern medicine, and some brave people who bucked the system to get well.

Updated: July 21, 2008, 2:19 PM ET
By James Swan | ESPNOutdoors.com

In the early 1970s, a Connecticut mother, Polly Murray, called attention to clusters of mysterious "juvenile arthritis" — an illness that manifested as aches, pains, fever, fatigue, joint problems, etc. which at that time had an unknown cause — among New England children. Ultimately the "juvenile arthritis" clusters were named "Lyme Disease," after Old Lyme, Connecticut, where the problem was first identified.

In 1981, Dr. Willy Bergdorfer discovered that Lyme Disease was caused ...

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