Friday, September 18, 2009

Washington College To Screen Lyme Disease Documentary

Chestertown – Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society will screen an award-winning documentary on Lyme disease, “Under Our Skin,” in Litrenta Lecture Hall on Wednesday, September 30, at 7 p.m.

A dramatic tale of microbes, medicine and money, this eye-opening film, hailed by the New York Times as “heart-rending,” investigates the untold story of Lyme disease, an emerging epidemic larger than AIDS.

As natural habitats and animal populations are impacted by humans, unintended consequences often result. Recent decades, for example, have seen a population explosion of deer and rodents in the forests of the eastern United States. Behind the scenes, they have been accompanied by many more ticks carrying Lyme disease, one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the country.

For anyone who spends time outdoors, Lyme and other tick-borne infections should be a cause for concern. The symptoms can be severe and debilitating, but diagnosis is not always easy.

Each year thousands of Americans go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, told that their symptoms are “all in their head.”

Following the stories of patients and physicians as they battle for their lives and livelihoods, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of our health-care system and its ability to cope with a silent terror under our skin.

Litrenta Lecture Hall is located in the  John S. Toll Science Center. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Center for Environment & Society (CES) at Washington College at 410-810-7161 or visit

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