Christian Perronne, MD, PhD, is Professor of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the Faculty of Medicine Paris-Ile de France-Ouest, University of Versailles-St Quentin en Yvelines (UVSQ), Paris-Saclay, France.
He is chief of a Department of Medicine at the Raymond Poincaré University Hospital in Garches (Hauts-de-Seine), belonging to Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, the Greater Paris University Hospitals.
My fight for the recognition of chronic Lyme borreliosis and other crypto-infections
My experience of Lyme disease started in the early 80s. I used to work in an infectious and tropical disease department in the old Claude Bernard hospital in Paris. I met a young senior registrar, Dr Eric Dournon who learned from the CDC about the “new” disease called “Lyme disease”. He developed the culture of Borrelia burgdorferi and realized the first Lyme serologies in France. Thanks to Dr Dournon, I learned a lot about the first patients diagnosed with this “new rare” disease, especially about the diversity of symptoms and many atypical forms. During my internship, I worked in a rheumatology department in the Bichat hospital. The head of the department was the famous Prof. Marcel Francis Kahn who was one of the major rheumatologists, a great specialist of auto-immune diseases. He knew Prof. Stephen Malawista, a codiscoverer of Lyme disease. ….