Atlas of Travel Medicine and Health / Edition 3

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This third edition of the Atlas of Travel Medicine and Health provides the latest travel health information in a visual format that will aid the healthcare professional when discussing travel health and educating the traveler regarding the risks and precautions that should be considered before and during travel in disease risk areas. The authors have extensive experience in travel medicine, and both are engaged in clinical practices in the field. Carefully drawn maps and icons provide much information at a glance in this attractive reference. The Atlas is organized around three sections:
• Section 1: General Travel Advice on topics such as water, food, personal hygiene, accidents, animal and insect bites, parasitic infection, sun and heat, casual sex, altitude, and medical coverage and insurance.
• Section 2: Travel-Related Diseases and Their Global Distribution for diseases such as malaria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis, schistomomiasis (Bilharzia infection), dengue, polio, Japanese B encephalitis, tick-borne encephalitis, rabies, and traveler's diarrhea, and several more.
• Section 3: Country-Specific Advice, Maps, and Weather, which includes immunization recommendations, malaria advice and precautions, and other health considerations. Sections 1 and 2 are written with the healthcare professional in mind, and Section 3 serves as a resource for both the professional and the traveler. The Atlas is filled with up-to-date, easily accessed travel health information.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Grace M Auten, MD (Piedmont Infectious Diseases Consultants, PA)
Description: This is the third edition of a travel medicine atlas that reviews infectious diseases and other health-related risks of travel. The initial chapters describe accidents, waterborne diseases, altitude sickness, sex-related infections, and other conditions, followed by chapters that focus on specific diseases such as chikungunya, meningitis, travelers' diarrhea, and yellow fever. The final chapters provide country-specific information with color-coded maps and icons for disease risk.
Purpose: According to the authors, the book is intended to serve as a guide for healthcare professionals when discussing travel health with patients. This is a worthy goal because of international travel embarked upon by millions of travelers all over the world, and the authors' concern that many people are unaware of travel risks. The book meets the authors' objectives with easy-to-read topics and maps, and by providing multiple online references for access to updated information.
Audience: The authors, with long experience in travel medicine in the U.K., intend for health professionals to use the initial two sections on conditions and infections, and both health professionals and patients to use the third, country-specific, sections. Its scientific reviews and references lend credence to its usefulness to healthcare professionals who are educating travelers and perhaps presenting lectures to community groups or students. The third section of compartmentalized advice for each country (malaria, immunizations, other), cartoonish icons and graphic maps will likely result in heightened interest among travelers, even those who do not work in healthcare-related settings.
Features: This 169-page book methodically reviews health hazards of travel. The sections are cross-referenced by means of icons that represent conditions such as fresh water parasites, casual sex and blood-borne modes of infection, biting insects and bugs, accidents, and other conditions. Each disease topic covers epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment. Particularly well covered is the relative risk of malaria in various areas of individual countries by means of variegated coloration of maps. However, advice for medications to prevent and treat malaria is not provided; rather, the reader is advised to use a U.K. website for current drug information.
Assessment: Combining this book with trusted online sources of travel health information will result in enhanced knowledge about travel risks, and will enable travelers to be proactive in avoiding mishaps. The updated edition contains a significant amount of new information compared to the first edition. It is unique in that it is appealing to both healthcare professionals who provide travel health guidance and to travelers with little to no health training.
From The Critics
Reviewer: John S. Czachor, MD, FACP, FIDSA,FSHEA(Wright State University)
Description: This guide has been written for healthcare professionals to provide individuals, prior to their travels, with information regarding general travel recommendations, disease specific information, and selected country-by-country advice.
Purpose: This book is designed to present easily comprehended travel information to help clients assimilate the complex medical issues associated with travel. The book is an effort to address the dearth of useful and understandable information that is specifically directed at travelers and provides a welcome addition to the body of travel medicine literature now available.
Audience: The atlas is targeted to all health professionals who practice travel medicine. More importantly, it provides them with a resource to teach and inform their patients with valuable travel-related tips and advice. In addition, the individual maps may provide in-hand information if they are duplicated and given to travelers. The authors are very credible lecturers in and practitioners of travel medicine.
Features: The book is divided into three sections: general travel advice, disease specific information, and country specific disease and travel advice. Numerous addresses for Web sites with travel related information are included. The country maps are color coded for malaria and have the unique feature of temperature and sunshine/rainfall graphs. Over 100 countries are detailed, but not all countries are represented. Two main problems are the U.K. bias of the information, and reminders throughout the book for practitioners to seek more up-to-date references. The malaria color coding of the maps is somewhat confusing.
Assessment: "There is a glaring need for this type of information to be distributed to travelers. This book is not meant to be a shelf reference for travel medicine practitioners in the traditional sense. However, it does supply a reference of information relevant for travelers at their level of understanding. Perhaps this information may enable healthcare workers to enlighten their patients about the risks of travel and thereby ensure a safe journey. "

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607950486
  • Publisher: PMPH-USA, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 169
  • Sales rank: 1,365,750
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Water, Food, and Personal Hygiene: General Advice 1
Accidents 2
Animal Bites, Parasitic Infection, and Other Hazards: General Advice 3
Biting Insects and Stings: General Advice 4
Sun and Heat: General Advice 5
General Advice on Casual Sex and Blood-Borne Modes of Infection 6
Medical Cover/Insurance 7
Malaria 9
Hepatitis A 12
Hepatitis B 14
Typhoid 16
Yellow Fever 18
Meningitis 20
Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia infection) 22
Dengue 24
Polio 26
Japanese B Encephalitis 28
Tick-Borne Encephalitis 30
Rabies 32
Travellers' Diarrhoea 33
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