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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Peter Katona, MD (UCLA School of Medicine)
Description: Overall, this is an excellent and needed book on travel medicine. Although there is some redundancy, each topic has an excellent general description without too much unnecessary detail. The topics are appropriate and timely. The CD-ROM is an excellent addition, although I would have liked a search feature.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an outline of the topics pertaining to emporiatrics, a worthy objective that is met.
Audience: The book has a wide audience, from students to practitioners. The authors even mention "initiated travelers." The authors are very credible authorities.
Features: The topics are broad. In addition to specific diseases, the book also covers specific situations relevant to the traveler. The book is small enough to take with you on a trip and yet has enough information to be useful in the physician's library. The CD-ROM is also quite useful although can not be electronically searched.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference. It does not go into great detail but readers can investigate further using larger references both specific to emporiatrics and to particular diseases and situations. The second edition is necessary due to the changing nature of the information and because the first edition sold quickly.