Travellers' Health: How to Stay Healthy Abroad


International travel now takes place on an unprecedented scale, both for business and pleasure. With exotic places ever more accessible to everyone, it is increasingly important for travelers to be informed about the health problems they may encounter abroad. Travellers' Health: How to Stay Healthy Abroad provides indispensable advice for all those planning and undertaking journeys anywhere in the world.
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International travel now takes place on an unprecedented scale, both for business and pleasure. With exotic places ever more accessible to everyone, it is increasingly important for travelers to be informed about the health problems they may encounter abroad. Travellers' Health: How to Stay Healthy Abroad provides indispensable advice for all those planning and undertaking journeys anywhere in the world.
This fourth edition is a complete revision and update of this best-selling, comprehensive guide for the educated traveler. New malaria drugs, the latest vaccine information and advice, jet lag, deep vein thrombosis, and even landmines: this book covers every important issue in travel medicine, with the emphasis firmly on self-help and prevention.
Travellers' Health is the leading guide to health problems abroad, and is widely used by doctors, nurses, and above all, by travelers themselves. This new edition brings together state-of-the-art background information and specialist advice from more than 80 leading experts. Travellers' Health is indeed the standard source for all travelers.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Susan L. F. McLellan, MD, MPH (Tulane University Health Sciences Center)
Description: Dr. Richard Dawood has been an authoritative figure in the realm of travel medicine for many years, and is both the director of a travel clinic and an experienced traveler himself. This fourth edition of his book, updated from the 1992 edition, is a comprehensive reference for the educated and interested lay traveler who wishes to avoid illness and injury while traveling.
Purpose: The book is designed to instruct the traveler in health maintenance and illness prevention while abroad, and provide instruction and resources on how to cope if illness or injury does strike.
Audience: Given that it is a 730-page volume, this book will be most interesting for those travelers who are embarking on a long or adventurous voyage, or who are frequent travelers. It is also an excellent resource for health professionals who counsel travelers.
Features: There are several chapters or sections which will be appropriate for even the casual traveler to mundane destinations, including the introductory overview, the chapter on air and sea travel, and sections of the chapter on environmental and recreational hazards. For travelers heading to more exotic destinations, the sections on diarrheal disease, malaria, and insect precautions, and the chapters on common problems (skin, eye, foot, fever, etc.) and preparations for travel are an excellent general review. Other sections address specific concerns such as altitude illness, skiing and scuba-related injury, and health issues for special travelers such as children, the elderly, and those with underlying medical conditions. Specific infections and many of the medical conditions are discussed in enough detail to educate most healthcare professionals. Such sections may be beyond the scope or interest of the casual reader but will be welcome for the traveler in need of expert advice on a specific topic. The text and appendixes are full of maps, charts, and tables, covering topics ranging from appropriate immunizations to hay fever seasons in various parts of the world.
Assessment: This book is written for the lay traveler, but is relatively complex and comprehensive for the short-term tourist on a controlled itinerary. It is, however, an excellent book for the long-term or frequent traveler, and is full of practical advice for those going off the beaten track. Furthermore, it is more than adequately detailed and referenced to serve as a resource for healthcare professionals preparing and caring for travelers.
From the Publisher

'... packed with detailed advice from specialists... It's indispensable and a fascinating read to boot.'"--Business Traveller

'Abroad is the most dangerous place in the world. Eat the wrong food, sleep in the wrong bed (or in the right bed with the wrong person), walk in the wrong jungle, bathe in the wrong sea, or doze on the wrong beach and you're as near as dead. Still, there are people who insist on crossing the water, and for them there is no better book than this.'--The Sunday Times

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192629470
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: 4th Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 762
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Richard Dawood has travelled in more than 80 countries around the world, and remains and obsessive traveller. He is a specialist in Travel Medicine at the Fleet Street Travel Clinic, London, and writes, lectures and broadcasts frequently on travel health issues. Hospital, London. He now runs his own travel clinic in London. He is a frequent writer and broadcaster on travel medicine.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the fourth edition
From the Preface to previous editions
List of contributors
About using this book
1 Introduction 1
Staying healthy abroad: why and how 1
Travellers' health: an overview 10
2 Diseases spread mainly by food, drink, and poor hygiene 17
Diarrhoea and intestinal infections 17
Cholera 40
Parasites from infected food and drink 44
Poliomyelitis 52
Viral hepatitis 54
Poisons and contaminants in food 62
3 Water 71
Safe water 71
Water purification devices 78
Recreational water and beaches 84
Algal blooms 88
4 Diseases of 'contact' 93
Tuberculosis 93
Tetanus 100
Diphtheria 103
Schistosomiasis (bilharzia) 104
Meningococcal meningitis 110
Legionnaires' disease 114
Worm infections from soil contact 116
Leprosy 118
Anthrax 121
Viral haemorrhagic fevers 123
5 Diseases spread by Insects 130
Malaria 130
Arboviruses (dengue, Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever and others) 151
Filarial infections 171
Lyme disease 175
Leishmaniasis 179
Sleeping sickness 184
Chagas disease (South American trypanosomiasis) 187
Plague 191
Typhus 195
Maggot infestation (myiasis) 197
Fleas, lice, bugs, scabies, and other creatures 199
Personal protection against insect pests 207
6 Animal bites; rabies; venomous bites and stings 217
7 Air and sea travel 250
Air travel 250
Jet lag 264
Motion sickness 271
Cruise ship medicine 277
8 Environmental and recreational hazards 290
Accidents 290
Personal security and safety 304
Altitude illness 314
Effects of climatic extremes 326
Sun and the traveller 350
Hay fever seasons world-wide 358
Yachting and sailing: 'nautical tourism 361
Water and watersports 370
Skiing 381
Landmines 393
Psychotropic drugs 399
9 Some common troubles 405
Skin problems 405
Dental problems 420
Eye problems 427
Foot care 435
Gynaecological problems 439
Psychological disorders 444
Fever 448
10 Sex and contraception abroad 452
Sexually transmitted diseases 452
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and its cause: human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) 468
Contraception and travel 476
11 Travellers at higher risk 484
Travel in pregnancy 484
Children abroad 490
Elderly travellers 503
The diabetic traveller 509
Travellers with HIV infection 515
The disabled traveller 520
Expedition health 526
12 Living and working abroad 541
Becoming an expatriate 541
Fitness for working abroad 550
13 Preparations for travel 553
Immunization 553
Health insurance for international travel 567
Medicines and medical kits 573
Blood transfusion and the traveller 589
14 Postscript: Challenges for the future 595
Disease eradication and the future 595
Emerging infections and the international traveller 602
App. 1 Vaccination requirements and recommendations 609
App. 2 Malaria: risk areas for disease and drug resistance 613
App. 3 Geographic distribution of infectious diseases 617
App. 4 Can you drink the water? 632
App. 5 Some hints on eating abroad under extreme conditions of bad hygiene 644
App. 6 Medical kit check-list 647
App. 7 Post-tropical screening Dr. Carol Dow 650
App. 8 Directory: specialist centres, information sources, an web-directory 652
App. 9 Software tools and databases 671
App. 10 Hay fever seasons world-wide Professor Jean Emberlin 673
Further reading 679
Glossary 688
Index 693
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