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Interesting Series on Lyme Disease in Roanoke Times

In Lyme Disease on December 21, 2010 at 6:39 am


Dr. Cathryn Harbor is open to treating Lyme disease patients beyond the medical establishment’s guidelines — drawing praise from patients but criticism from other doctors. 'What’s difficult is to feel that I’m endangered when all I’m doing is the best I know how to do,” she says. KYLE GREEN | The Roanoke Times

LEXINGTON — Dr. Cathryn Harbor was volunteering at her children’s camp outside Charlottesville last summer when she noticed a startling phenomenon: In the span of one week, 10 of her 100 campers came to her complaining of flulike symptoms.

Each reported being bitten by a tick, and four were spotted with suspicious rashes. All 10 cases were a ringer — at least in Harbor’s mind — for suspected Lyme disease.

With their parents’ permission, she treated the children immediately, and then she called the health department to ask: Should we shut the camp down?

Harbor, 50, runs a solo family practice in Lexington. An avid cyclist, she rides her bike to work, which is a cottage nestled amid Washington and Lee University’s fraternity houses.

Raised in a family of academics and activists — her minister dad was a Davidson College professor, both parents were Vietnam War protesters and civil rights advocates — she had dreamed of curing world hunger before she realized she hated agricultural economics and went to the University of North Carolina School of Medicine instead. MORE






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