Principles and Practice of Travel Medicine [NOOK Book]


The number of people traveling abroad has grown enormously over the past couple of decades. This has had an impact on public health worldwide. Travel medicine is a relatively new branch of medicine, and is concerned with the prevention of travel-related ill health and treatment of travel-related illnesses, as well as the effects that travel has on people.
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The number of people traveling abroad has grown enormously over the past couple of decades. This has had an impact on public health worldwide. Travel medicine is a relatively new branch of medicine, and is concerned with the prevention of travel-related ill health and treatment of travel-related illnesses, as well as the effects that travel has on people.
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A textbook for an undergraduate course in a medical curriculum that, in addition to providing information, is intended to help establish travel medicine as a distinct specialty. Contributors from a wide range of medical specialties overview general principles for keeping people health while they travel, then discuss infectious diseases, prevention and management, travel hazards, environmental hazards, and practical issues for special populations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Having reviewed the first edition in 2001, I welcome theopportunity to review this new one. The format is similar with thecontent delivered in six sections, but with more chapters in eachand information expanded to include new developments and advancesin the field. Expert contributors now number an impressive 80,lending a truly international perspective to the content. Travel tointernational sporting events and a favourite of mine – spacetourism – are welcome and timely additions.

Although travel abroad for healthcare is not new, the globaleconomic downturn has created a boom in so-called health tourism.The discussion on the reasons, benefits and pitfalls is wellcovered including the ethical perspective and dilemmaspractitioners may face– with case studies to give food forthought.

In the preface, the editor asks: “Where have we been,where are we now and where are we going?” - a good indicationof what we can expect to find in the book. The majority of peoplewho travel are ‘well’ and the art of practising travelmedicine lies mainly in keeping them that way.

However, it is becoming more complex for travel health advisersas increasingly those with pre-existing medical conditions aretravelling to destinations which may pose a risk to their conditionor where the lack of healthcare resources put them at risk if amedical problem arises and they need care. The management of thesehigh risk travellers is covered in Chapter 27 and includes bothgeneral and disease specific advice.

Good emphasis is given to the fact that there is no age limitfor travelling and no one size fits all scenarios. Individualsdeserve the best advice for their trip and the list of additionalresources for specific reference is most useful. Once again casehistories throughout the text helpto illuminate the subjects.

Chapter Six looks at the epidemiology and surveillance oftravel-related disease and emphasises the benefits of internationalcollaboration in detecting infectious diseases and sharing theinformation to alert and protect other travellers.

Malaria prevention and treatment information is welcome. Chapter11 (‘The Interconnecting World’) looks at transport,migrants, and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, andalso considers the role of mobile populations and mass gatheringsin this. Numerous excellent tables relating to the importance oftravel health support the information.

I loved the quote at the beginning, credited to Harvey Cushing:“A physician is obligated toconsider more than a diseasedorgan, more even than the whole man – he must view the man inhis world.” Never was a truer word spoken.

I recommend this textbook as a valuable resource for study andreference, and it will be a welcome addition to any librarysupporting education in travel medicine. (Sandra Grieve FFTMRCPS(Glasg), Emporiatrics Autumn/Winter 2013)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118392072
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 680
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Jane Zuckerman
Director WHO Collaborating Centre for TravelMedicine
Director UCL Medical Student Occupational & Royal FreeTravel Health Centre
Academic Centre for Travel Medicine & Vaccines
Sub-Dean Electives
Vice-President, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine
University College London Medical School

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Sect. I Travel Medicine 1
1 Trends in Travel 3
2 Epidemiology of Health Risks and Travel 7
3 Fitness to Travel 15
4 Management of a Travel Clinic 23
Sect. II Infectious Diseases and Travel 29
5 Epidemiology and Surveillance of Travel-related Diseases 31
6 Virus Infections 39
7 Bacterial Infections in Travellers 81
8 Vector-borne Parasitic Diseases 91
Sect. III Prevention and Management of Travel-Related Disease 125
9 Tropical Skin Infections 127
10 Travelers' Diarrhea 153
11 Vaccine-preventable Disease 165
12 Returned Travellers 185
Sect. IV Hazards of Air and Sea Travel 211
13 Aviation Medicine 213
14 Aviation Psychology 237
15 Altitude and Expedition Medicine 247
16 Diving Medicine 261
17 Travel Health at Sea: Cruise Ship Medicine 275
Sect. V Environmental Hazards of Travel 289
18 Travel-related Injury 291
19 Aeromedical Repatriation 297
20 Poisons and Travel 311
21 Venomous Bites and Stings 321
22 Ophthalmic Conditions in Travellers 343
Sect. VI Practical Issues for Travellers 365
23 Traveling with Children 367
24 Women's Health and Travel 381
25 The Immunocompromised Traveller 423
26 Special High-risk Travel Groups: Immunocompromised, Older, Disabled and Chronically Ill Travelers 431
27 Aid Workers, Expatriates and Travel 447
28 The Health of Migrants and Refugees 467
Index 477
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