David W. Craft PhD, Medical Director of Microbiology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Infections of Leisureby David Schlossberg (Editor)
You play, you pay. Whether you enjoy holidays in the wild or a quiet life at home surrounded by pets, you are likely to encounter agents of infectious disease. In this third edition contributors update the bad news about freshwater, whether in a lake or a hot tub, the hazards of camp, shore garden, high altitude and sport, the perils of fulfilling fantasies (sexual and otherwise) on foreign soil, and the pitfalls of exotic and trendy cuisine. They include several chapters on our finned, furred and feathered friends and enemies, including the latest on rabies and the ongoing battle with feral rats. They describe the prevalence of these diseases, their prevention and treatment, and include resources for the professional and informed amateur. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Description: This book covers infections of leisure, broadly characterized as beware of pets, traveling, and eating foods cooked outside your home or home country.
Purpose: The purpose is to discuss the infectious risks of hobbies (e.g., hiking, diving, etc.), travel to exotic locales, and exposure to both pets and wild animals. Given my personal experience in crossing 12 time zones to dive in Southeast Asian waters, I feel that these are worthy objectives.
Audience: This is written for medical professionals, not for casual travelers. At times, the detail can be at a level more appropriate for infectious diseases specialists/travel medicine physicians than for general physicians. Dr. Schlossberg has been the editor of this compendium through all five editions.
Features: The book attempts to cover a wide variety of infections/risks, from the ocean to fresh water lakes and camping areas. It concentrates on infections associated with typical pets (dog, cat, and bird) for more than one-third of the book and then several areas of interest to the authors, such as rabies, sports-related infections, STDs, and living abroad. This hodgepodge approach lends itself to reading specific chapters, as opposed to reading it cover to cover. Illustrations are reasonable and might aid in the visual diagnosis of several syndromes, although readers should supplement these illustrations with others from more specific texts.
Assessment: As a diver and hiker who has travelled extensively, I have had some (thankfully not that many!) of the diseases this book describes. Nevertheless, I am not sure that we need to know about the ampullae of Lorenzini in sharks or the microbiology of shark bites. Shark bites are exceedingly rare and a good emergency facility/surgical suite would best deal with these issues. However, the spread of new and exotic viruses (Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue) in the Western Hemisphere makes it critically important that we understand what is out there and how to best deal with them. Even though I very much enjoyed this book, it was outdated before it came out (not its fault). Zika virus first appeared in the Americas in 2015 and I had a relative evaluated for it in 2014 related to travel to Indonesia. Despite the 2016 copyright, the book doesn't mention it.
- Springer New York
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- Edition description:
- Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1994
- Product dimensions:
- 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)
Meet the Author
David Schlossberg, MD, FACP, is Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is currently Medical Director of the Tuberculosis Control Program for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. A graduate of Yale University and Tufts Medical School, Dr. Schlossberg completed his medical residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, and his Infectious Disease fellowship at Emory University. Dr. Schlossberg is editor of Tuberculosis and Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Infections, Sixth Edition (ASM Press, 2011) and Infections of Leisure, Second Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He has written over 100 articles, editorials and book chapters and has written or edited 28 books in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease.
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