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From The Critics
Reviewer: 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.
From The Critics
Reviewer: 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.
From The Critics
Reviewer: 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.
Joan Bowes Ritter
This textbook covers almost every aspect of health as it relates to travel. Topics include the prevention and treatment of illnesses and diseases associated with travel and issues related to the pediatric, pregnant, aged, or infirm traveler. The purpose is the prevention of disease and optimal medical care of the traveling public. The book also seeks to better define the relatively new and expanding field of travel medicine. The complete reading of this book will be useful for the specialist in infectious diseases. The increased frequency of travel for business and pleasure will make this book a useful reference for any primary care practitioner. The book includes appropriate graphs, maps, and photographs of physical findings. The references are current and pertinent. The table of contents is somewhat difficult to scan, because the chapter headings are indented and not in bold-face type. The index does not include specific countries or regions. Unique features of the book include a useful sample patient intake form for a travel medicine evaluation and gender- and age-specific topics. The book should be a useful resource for primary care physicians who will find answers to practical questions such as "Will my patient with COPD require supplemental oxygen during his airplane flight," and "What items should be included in a basic travel medical kit?" There is sufficient detail to make it a useful reference for a travel medicine clinic, but it will not take the place of an infectious disease textbook. The comprehensive nature of the book is impressive, covering everything from marine hazards to outbreak investigation and management. However, unlike some of the currently availableonline resources, the physician will not be able to simply look up a country or region and find specific recommendations about endemic diseases or vaccinations.
Journal of the American Medical Association
This is a textbook to be read cover to cover by any clinician or administrator who appreciates tourism and those who delight in it.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550091373
  • Publisher: B. C. Decker Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: 2ND BK&CDR
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Travel Medicine as a Unique Medical Specialty 1
2 Health Risks Abroad: General Considerations 3
3 Travel Industry and Medical Professionals
3.1 Responsibilities and Ideal Interaction 10
3.2 Philosophical and Ethical Considerations of Travel 14
4 Pretravel Planning 16
5 Travel and Tourism Patterns 20
6 Health Information for International Travel 27
7 Travel Medicine and the Travel Medicine Clinic
7.1 Travel Clinics in Europe 34
7.2 Travel Medicine and Travel Clinics in the U.S. and Canada 35
7.3 Travel Medicine and the Travel Medicine Clinic in Australia 39
7.4 Travel and Travel Clinics in Asia 41
8 Developing Regions 46
9 Medical Problems of High Altitude 51
10 Sea and Diving
10.1 Physiology and Decompression: Diving-Related Health Problems 63
10.2 Marine Hazards 64
11 "Hot and Cold!" Medical Risk of Environmental Extremes 72
12 Travelers' Diarrhea
12.1 Epidemiology and Clinical Aspects 78
12.2 Prevention of Travelers Diarrhea: Risk Avoidance and Chemoprophylaxis 86
12.3 Treatment of Traveler's Diarrhea 92
13 Malaria
13.1 Epidemiology and Prevention of Exposure 101
13.2 Malaria: Chemoprophylaxis 108
13.3 Treatment of Malaria 114
13.4 Malaria: Emergency Self-Treatment by Travelers 130
13.5 Malaria Vaccines 137
14 Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
14.1 Principles and Practices 143
14.2 The Commercially Available Vaccines 154
14.3 Future Enteric Vaccines 169
14.4 Prospects for the Development of Dengue Fever, Neisseria Meningitidis Group B, and HIV Vaccines for Travelers 178
15 Respiratory Tract Infections 183
16 Sexually Transmitted Diseases 193
17 Viral Tropical Infections
17.1 Arboviruses and Zoonotic Viruses 200
17.2 Other Important Viral Infections in Travelers 215
18 Bacterial Tropical Infections 223
19 Parasitic Tropical Infections 235
20 Psychiatric Illness and Stress 253
21 Accidents, Bites and Stings
21.1 Travel-Related Injuries, Epidemiology, and Prevention 258
21.2 Bites and Stings 261
22 Travel-Related Illness (Motion Sickness, Jet Lag, Thrombosis, Other)
22.1 Aircraft Travel and Related Illness 265
22.2 Motion Sickness 271
23 Economic Evaluation in Travel Medicine 276
24 Compliance with Travel Health Recommendations 282
25 Very Short-Term Travel 287
26 Expatriates and Long-Term Travelers 291
27 Expedition Participants 298
28 Traveling with Children 304
29 Pregnancy, Nursing, Contraception, and Travel 311
30 The Aged, Infirm, or Handicapped Traveler 320
31 Illness Abroad and Back Home
31.1 Medical Emergencies Abroad: Indications for and Logistics of Aeromedical Evacuation 329
31.2 Medical Care for Foreign Visitors to the United States of America and Canada 332
31.3 Developing Countries 336
32 Diagnostic and Management Approaches in Returning Travelers 339
33 Outbreak Investigations and Management (Airplane, Ship, Other) 351
34 Travel Medicine 2007 357
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