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Date of Thesis Acceptance

Spring 5-9-2018

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Eunice Blavascunas; Suzanne Morrisey; Eva Hoffman


In this thesis I explore the sociality of Lyme disease. As someone who has suffered from Lyme disease and its chronic impairments, I use my own story as a launching point to trace the medical and ecological components of the disease that I encountered. First, I explore how biomedical frameworks constructed my illness as a mystery, then how an integrative and functional medicine approach informed by Dr. Richard Horowitz helped me make sense of my sickness and feel better, and finally how I entered an ecological trinity when I contracted Lyme disease’s bacterial agent. Studying Lyme disease through only one of these lenses feels inadequate, I argue, since the reality of Lyme exists at the confluence of these vectors, as my experience demonstrates. Instead, the numerous actants must be brought into dialogue.

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Lyme disease‚ Lyme disease -- Alternative treatment‚ Survival‚ Actor-network theory‚ Therapeutics‚ Medical care‚ Diseases‚ Medicine -- Biology‚ Social sciences‚ Environmental sciences‚ Whitman College 2018 -- Dissertation collection -- Anthropology-Environmental Studies

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Public Accessible Thesis



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