Thursday, December 16, 2010

0 Science journalist critiques Chicago Tribune Chronic Lyme Article

Last week, The Chicago Tribune posted an article,"Chronic Lyme Disease: A dubious diagnosis" that was intended to not only dismiss the existence of Chronic Lyme Disease, but also lump it in with discussion on a number of other issues that were not solely the domain of this disease such as doctors who make errors, unproven alternative medicine practices, and conspiracy theories.

The sad question I have to ask after reading it is this: Where is the science? There is nothing educational or informative about this article which reads like a sensationalistic tabloid piece that seems out of place in a newspaper like The Chicago Tribune.

Apparently, Paul Raeburn agrees with me. Or I agree with Paul Raeburn. Either way, he took this article to task today in the Knight Science Journalism Tracker for its lack of attribution and lack of drawing opinions from experts from both sides of the debate over the existence of Chronic Lyme Disease.

So far, only a few people have responded to Raeburn's critique, and most notable to the Lyme patient advocacy community was Pamela Weintraub, author of Cure Unknown. I look forward to seeing more intelligent comments there, and if possible, on the original article in the Tribune.

I have my own thoughts about this and will write more on it tomorrow.


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