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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Winnie Ooi, MD, MPH, DMD (Harvard Medical School)
Description: This is a collection of stories, histories, anecdotes, personal experiences, and some dreams, all of which contribute to the understanding of travel medicine. Each chapter describes one of the different components of travel medicine such as vaccines, medical and other risks of traveling, migration, and refugee medicine and in this way demonstrates how the specialty has evolved into what the practice is today.
Purpose: The editors wanted to compile a collection of stories and personal experiences of prominent practitioners in the field in order to contribute to readers' understanding of travel medicine.
Audience: Both lay readers and medical practitioners could easily understand this book. Most of the authors are well known authorities.
Features: The book is pretty comprehensive insofar as it covers the history, education, and practice of travel medicine as well as the spread of diseases via social changes such as globalization. The book ends with the last frontier - aerospace.
Assessment: Personal stories engagingly written by prominent practitioners in the field make the field come alive for readers. There is no comparable book.