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The Search for a Cause

In 1975, researcher Allen Steere faced a medical mystery. Thirty nice children and several adults living in one small area (the town of Old Lyme) of Connecticut were suffering from joint pain and inflammation. At first glance, the children's symptoms looked like a rare form of arthritis. But Dr. Steere thought it unlikely that so many cases of childhood arthritis could occur in such a small population. So, he began looking for another explanation.