How the discovery of Borrelia burgdorferi came about

Published Date
Clinics in Dermatology
Clin Dermatol. 1993 Jul-Sep;11(3):335-8
Burgdorfer W

When asked to contribute an article on the circumstances that led to the discovery of a spirochete as the cause of Lyme disease and related disorders, I accepted, thinking that this would be easy because I had already put together several historic accounts on this subject.1–3 But, halfway through my assignment, I realized that my discussion should be more than just a dry account of events and historic data. In fact, it should reflect my education, training, and research interest that provided the background needed for a discovery variously described as “a scientific breakthrough,” “serendipity,” or even “an accident.”