Travel Medicine

1st Edition

Tales Behind the Science

Editors: Annelies Wilder-Smith Marc Shaw Eli Schwartz
Paperback ISBN: 9780080453590
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 30th April 2007
Page Count: 354


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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)

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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 tr

Key Features

  • Unique and rare insights into the behind-the-scenes world of travel medicine including personal stories of both successes and failures from practitioners

  • Studies the development of Travel Medicine as a new discipline in response to the overwhelming interest in travel and its ramifications for health

  • Provides a history of the International Society of Travel Medicine


Researchers in both tourism and travel medicine


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About the Editors

Annelies Wilder-Smith Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Travellers' Health & Vaccination Centre, Singapore

Marc Shaw Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Travel Medicine Cnsultant, Auckland, New Zealand

Eli Schwartz Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel