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The explosive growth in international travel and the increasing popularity of adventurous travel itineraries in the past two decades create new challenges in primary care practices.

Blackwell's Primary Care Essentials: Travel Medicine is an invaluable guide to the diagnoses and treatment of disorders and diseases associated with travel.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Grace M Auten, MD (Piedmont Infectious Diseases Consultants, PA)
Description: This pocket-sized handbook is a convenient reference for primary care providers who care for travelers. Initial chapters describe the rationale for the need for a travel medicine handbook by reviewing studies about illnesses in travelers. The book then presents in an organized fashion the pretravel consult, travel-related vaccines, environmental hazards such as altitude and extremes of temperature, special concerns for pregnant, HIV-positive, pediatric, or ill travelers, evaluation of the healthy or sick returned traveler, and health screening of immigrants and refugees. There is also an extensive review of travel-related diseases, geographic risk, and parasitic drugs.
Purpose: The authors describe the book's purpose as providing a ready reference for travel-related medical advice. In the preface, the book is described as a starting point, not intended to be a comprehensive reference. However, the detailed descriptions are indeed comprehensive enough to provide excellent travel medicine consultations, as long as real-time resources (such as CDC information and other resources listed in the appendix) are also used. This convenient reference is a practical addition to the resources used by healthcare professionals who provide travel-related medical care.
Audience: The target audience is the North American physician who is providing travel-related medical care. The authors indicate a hope that the growth of travel medicine will stimulate attention to the global impact of tropical diseases. This reference is a convenient resource for general pre-travel advice. For the evaluation of sick returned travelers, the book will be most useful in the generation of differential diagnoses, along with guidance for the work-ups and management decisions. The authors' and contributors' backgrounds are family medicine and infectious diseases.
Features: The rationale for travel medicine is presented by listing the statistics of health risks to travelers. Pre-travel issues are described as well as management of the returned traveler. Comprehensive descriptions of bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic, and other travel-related maladies are presented. The references are up-to-date and efficient. The few illustrations are black-and-white maps of diseases and tables of immunizations. As with any medical book, some advice is already outdated at the time of publication; for example, the advice regarding the Lyme Disease vaccine, which was removed from the market a few months ago. In order to present a highly compact product, abbreviations are prolific: there are 20 pages of definitions of abbreviations for the 299-page book.
Assessment: This colorful handbook fulfills the description of its title Primary care Essentials. In conjunction with current information from several resources and specific advice per country visited, this guide will be a useful reference for clinicians who provide travel medicine advice and who care for returned travelers.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632044825
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Blackwell's Primary Care Essentials Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 4.96 (w) x 7.26 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Medical Abbreviations
Journal Abbreviations
Sect. I Epidemiology of Travel Medicine
1 Overview of Risk 3
Sect. II Prevention of Travel-Related Illness
2 Components of Pretravel Visit 9
3 Immunizations 11
4 Prevention of Malaria 44
5 Prevention of Food- and Waterborne Disease 51
6 Prevention of Accidents and Injuries 55
7 Prevention of Environmental Illnesses 57
8 Illness During Transportation 72
9 Protection of Special Groups 75
Sect. III Recognition and Treatment of Travel-Related Illness
10 The Traveler with Fever 89
11 The Traveler with Diarrhea 92
12 The Traveler with Skin Lesions 95
13 The Traveler with Eosinophilia 98
14 The Asymptomatic Traveler 101
15 Health Screening of Immigrants and Refugees 103
Sect. IV Travel-Related Infectious Diseases and Other Ailments
16 Bacteria 111
17 Fungal Disease 177
18 Parasitic Disease 189
19 Arthropod Bites and Infections 236
20 Viral Infections 240
21 Miscellaneous Conditions 266
App. 1 Geographic Distribution of Potential Health Hazards to Travelers 269
App. 2 Antiparasitic Drugs 284
App. 3: Bibliography 288
Index 293
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