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From The CriticsReviewer: Winnie Ooi, MD, MPH, DMD (Harvard Medical School)
Description: This updated textbook covers a wide array of topics in the practice of travel medicine. The chapters are very readable and use a practical approach to discuss issues ranging from hotel swimming pool water and safety to tropical viral infection and their effects on travelers.
Purpose: The book was written to provide guidelines and recommendations for preventing and treating travel related health problems and to help define what comprises the expanding field of travel medicine. To a great extent, the authors do accomplish this worthy goal.
Audience: Written for both medical and travel authorities, the book by necessity cannot go into great depth in each subject. Part of this problem would have been circumvented by more extensive references.
Features: The authors are experienced clinicians who have had to confront and study the issues about which they write. A special feature of the book is the attempt made to impart an international perspective by having authorities from different countries co-author many chapters. There are many nice tables such as the one on the risk of Japanese encephalitis by country, region, and season. Other tables with drug and dosage recommendations could have been made more informative by indicating in which countries the drugs are available. The new chapters are generally well written, but the chapters on disease risk by region are disappointing in their brevity and general content. This is an exciting new idea missing from other textbooks and should be greatly expanded in future editions.
Assessment: This very readable book is well written and indexed. It places in one textbook many issues that confront the travel medicine practitioner. The 13 new chapters expand on information that needed updating since the last edition was published three years ago. The CD-ROM is a useful addition for practitioners who need a portable resource.