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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Grace M Auten, MD (Piedmont Infectious Diseases Consultants, PA)
Description: This book on travel medicine, one of many in the series Fast Facts: Indispensable Guides to Clinical Practice, summarizes most of the risks and preventive measures of international travelers in a color-coded and convenient guide.
Purpose: The purpose is to disseminate basic information in a practical format to healthcare providers who offer travel medicine services. There is an emphasis on preventive therapy and immunizations based on geographic risk and the pre-existing health conditions of travelers. These objectives are easily met.
Audience: The book is targeted to practitioners. This guide is clearly directed to providers who need a quick, handy reference for geographic risk assessment. There is emphasis on providing education to travelers and personalizing international travel advice. Family physicians and practice nurses are specifically mentioned as target audiences, but infectious diseases specialty groups will also find this guide helpful for decision-making.
Features: Pre-travel health assessment is the most comprehensive portion of the book, with tables that summarize the incidence of disease in travelers, and consideration of travelers with underlying medical conditions such as pregnancy, diabetes, and human immunodeficiency virus. Information regarding immunizations for travel is well covered, as is malaria prophylaxis and treatment. Many tables, graphs, and figures add to this book's usefulness as a guide for travel medicine providers. When treating and counseling travelers, the information in this book should be combined with other data such as an internet service or other frequently-updated resource.
Assessment: This book could easily be found on the desks of primary care providers as well as infectious diseases specialty physicians. One can picture the pages of this guide becoming worn. In conjunction with emerging literature and traditional comprehensive textbooks, this guide truly provides "Fast Facts" for travel medicine.