Bugs, Bites and Bowels: The Essential Guide to Travel Health

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This exhaustive travel health manual is written by Dr. Jane Wilson- Howarth, a doctor, mother, intrepid traveler and widely published journalist. She gives helpful advice on all aspects of traveling, from what to expect and pre-trip vaccinations to the hazards of heat and sun in deserts and jungles and of cold and exposure in mountains and caves. In this fully updated edition, there is information on the latest Malaria treatments, on growing concerns for travelers such as deep vein thrombosis, or "economy class ...

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Overview

This exhaustive travel health manual is written by Dr. Jane Wilson- Howarth, a doctor, mother, intrepid traveler and widely published journalist. She gives helpful advice on all aspects of traveling, from what to expect and pre-trip vaccinations to the hazards of heat and sun in deserts and jungles and of cold and exposure in mountains and caves. In this fully updated edition, there is information on the latest Malaria treatments, on growing concerns for travelers such as deep vein thrombosis, or "economy class syndrome," and sections covering travel health for groups with special requirements, such as epilepsy sufferers, diabetics, families with children and the elderly. The usefulness of natural remedies is assessed, and in a feature unique among travel health guides, responsible tourism is covered. Tables help readers match disease to country, while special sections cover skin infections, the risks of sunburn, and even the psychological effects of becoming an expatriate. There is advice on how to treat bites and stings and information on accidents, first aid, common ailments and what to do if travelers get home and need treatment. It's invaluable on any trip, be it a drive to a local beach or a trek through the Sahara.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860113321
  • Publisher: Cadogan Guides
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Dr. Jane Wilson-Howarth is Britain's leading writer on travel health. She is a GP, trained zoologist, parasitologist, experienced expedition doctor and a keen high-altitude trekker. She recently returned from living in Asia for most of the past 11 years.

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'Big carnivores are probably best faced. Running away will do you no good since they can easily outrun you and this is exactly what prey species do. Do something that a prey species would not do, like throwing rocks or running at the animal shouting and brandishing a big stick. The predator will then be so surprised and confused that it will probably retreat.'

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Table of Contents

(1) Introduction (2) Homework (3) Travel Broadens the Mind . . . and Loosens the Bowels (4) A Diet of Worms? (5) Getting Bitten to Death? (6) Heat, Sun, Sea and Sand (7) High, Cold and Dark (8) Skin (9) Embarrassing Bits, Sex and AIDS (10) Dangerous and Unpleasant Animals (11) Accidents, Knocks and Cuts (12) Ailments and Symptoms (13) Your First Aid Kit (14) Responsible Tourism (15) Living Abroad (16) When You Get Home (17) Useful Addresses and Bibliography (18) Index

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