Deer tick
The deer tick can spread Lyme disease in its nymph or adult stage. A nymph is the size of a poppy seed. An adult (pictured) is about the size of a sesame seed. (Mark Wilson/Globe Staff) Mark Wilson/Globe Staff
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Diagnosis: Controversy

More than two decades since the threat of Lyme disease was recognized, doctors and patients are still warring over how to identify and treat it

By Stephen Smith
June 25, 2007

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A hike,a bite,a rash: Lyme disease. When a tick digs into a bare patch of skin and a telltale rash sprouts within a month, there’s scant doubt about the diagnosis — or the treatment, for that matter. (Full article: 1298 words)

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