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Travel to exotic places is fascinating, and equally so are infections and other dangers of exotic travel. Moreover, one need not be traveling to suffer these maladies; sometimes they travel to you. The enormous global mobility demands a public health response. The result is the concept of ‘travel medicine’ as a separate discipline. This book describes the evolution of travel medicine, travel vaccines, malaria prophylaxis and infections of adventure and leisure.

This book is unique and different to the standard textbooks on travel medicine. It provides rare insights into many of the behind-the-scenes in travel medicine, personal stories of failures and successes of travel medicine practitioners, the 'real life' tales that unravel the science behind travel medicine. We believe that the best lessons are learned from personal stories.

Not every travel is fun. Some travel is for a cause, be it religious or humanitarian, or be it to escape certain political systems. We have added stories on the tragedies of so-called 'undocumented refugees', and stories written by colleagues who were involved in humanitarian care. Pilgrimages attract large number of 'travelers' and yet we know so little about these pilgrimages. Chapters on the Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian pilgrimages aim to correct this.

Diseases also travel. The spread of global diseases and pandemics is fascinating. This book provides an overview of the pandemics, in particular that of cholera, yellow fever, severe acute respiratory syndrome and influenza. Globalization, migration and health lead to a history of disease and disparity in the global village - our world. And what about the revised International Health Regulations- what do we need to know about them in the context of travel medicine?

In the next millennium, our world will have inherited further global movement. It may even include travel to aerospace. The 'Epilogue' awakes some of our old dreams - the last frontier, space travel…

Annelies Wilder-Smith has lived in China, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, New Zealand, and Switzerland. She is currently based in Singapore from where she continues to travel extensively throughout Asia. She is the Head of the Travellers Health ' Vaccination Centre in Singapore, one of the largest travel clinics in Asia. She was in a unique position to do research on W135 meningococcal disease in Hajj pilgrims during the outbreak. She 'lived through' the SARS epidemic in Singapore.

Eli Schwartz is the Director of the Center for Geographic Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Eli is a 'real' tropical medicine specialist. He obtained all his experience in the field, including Nepal, Tibet, and numerous adventure travels to Africa where he prefers to do his studies on the sides of the Omo River.

Marc Shaw is a passionate traveler, doctor, actor and observer of fine humor. His favorite pastime is to be an expedition doctor. This has taken him to exotic places such as Namibia, Mongolia, Pitcairn Islands, and to the Amazon. He is the Director of WORLDWIDE Travellers' Health Centres in New Zealand.

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780080453590
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Series: Advances in Tourism Research Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 0.74 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction (A. Wilder-Smith, E. Schwartz, M. Shaw)
Section 1: The History of Travel Medicine
The History of Travel Medicine as a new discipline (Gabriela Buck and Robert Steffen)

Section 2:Education in Travel Medicine
Education in Travel Medicine (Phyllis Kozarsky)
The Gorgas course: Learning travel medicine while travelling (David O'Freedman)
The Ten Commandments for Healthy Tropical Travel (Jay S.Keystone)

Section 3:History of the Evolution of Travel Vaccines
Routine Vaccinations and Travel (Peter R. Leggat)
Recommended Travel Vaccines: From "Travel Vaccines" to universal vaccination: the hepatitis A story (Francis E. Andre)
Required Travellers Vaccinations: Yellow Fever - The Disease and the Vaccine (Chen Collins)
Remote Travel Vaccines: The undulating fortunes of typhoid vaccines (Eyal Meltzer, Eli Schwartz)
Dodging the Bullet: preventing Rabies among international travellers (Paul M. Arguin, Nicole F. Oechslin)

Section 4: Malarial drugs and Infections of Adventure
Barking up the right trees? Malaria Drugs from Cinchona to Qing Hao (Patricia Schlagenhauf-Lawlor)
Infections of Adventure and Leisure (Annelies Wilder-Smith)

Section 5: Personal Tales: Travel Medicine Practitioners Share Their Stories
Final Log: Amazonas Adventure (Marc Shaw)
Tales from the Mountains (Ted Lankester)
Confessions of A ‘Reality TV’ Doc (Marc Shaw
Tomb Raider's Crew Doctor (Laragh Gollogly)
The Woman Atop the Crocodile: Newton’s Law in Africa (Stephen Toovey)

Section 5: Tales Behind the Research in Travel Medicine
The Borneo Eco-Challenge: GeoSentinel & Rapid Global Sharing of Disease Outbreak Information (David O'Freedman)
Understanding Malaria Prophylaxis: Lessons learnt on the Omo River, Ethiopia (Eli Schwartz)
Travellers’ diarrhoea: Tales from Mexico (Charles D. Ericsson )
The History of the CIWEC Clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal (Prativa Pandey, David R.Shlim)
The History of Cyclospora at the CIWEC Clinic, Nepal (David R. Shlim)
Meningococcal disease and the Hajj pilgrimage (Annelies Wilder-Smith)
Too high too fast: experiences at high altitude (Ken Zafren)
The Pleasures and Perils of Travelling with Young Children (Karl Neumann)
Mongolian Expedition (Marc Shaw)
Evacuation of travelers: Personal Anecdotes, Pearls and Conclusions (Yoel Donchin, Steven Marc Friedman)

Section 7: Travelling for a Cause
Globalization, Migration and Health: Disease and Disparity in the Global Village (Brian Gushulak)
Stories of undocumented migrants to the USA (Nancy Piper-Jenks)
Between crossing boundaries and respecting norms: The story of African Women Labor-Migrants in Israel (Galia Sabar)
Humanitarian Care in Haiti and Rwanda (Anne E. McCarthy)
Muslim Pilgrimage (Ziad A.Memish)
The pilgrimages of Christianity (Michel J. Deprez)
Hindu Pilgrimages (Santanu Chatterjee)
Pilgrimages in the High Himalayas (Ken Zafran)

Section 8: When diseases travel
Cholera – a travel history of the first modern pandemic (Eyal Meltzer, Eli Schwartz)
The role of armies in spreading epidemics: vector and victim (Eran Dolev)
The Spread of Disease in the 20th Century & Lessons for the 21st Century (Stephen M. Ostroff)
As travel Medicine Practitioner during the SARS outbreak in Singapore (Annelies Wilder-Smith)
What does the travel medicine practitioner need to know about the International Health Regulations? (Max Hardiman)

Section 9: Epilogue
A look into the future: Space Travel (Larry DeLucas)

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