The Adventurous Traveler's Guide to Health

Christopher Allen Sanford, M.D.

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  • Published: 2008
  • Subject Listing: Health; Travel
  • Bibliographic information: 160 pp., 2 maps,, 5 x 7 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Contents

The Adventurous Traveler's Guide to Health is just what every traveler needs: a straight-forward look at what you can do to stay healthy during your travels, from start to finish. Whether headed to the urban centers of Africa or the jungles of southeast Asia, there are precautions to be taken even before setting foot on a plane, as well as important things to remember once your travels are over.

Chris Sanford aids travelers in first finding a travel health specialist and then knowing exactly which questions to ask. The Adventurous Traveler's Guide to Health will also serve as a take-along guide to help deal with illnesses or symptoms that may arise while you're on the road and as a post-trip reference for any delayed symptoms.

Aside from infectious diseases, Sanford also looks at the more common and overlooked problems travelers are likely to encounter, such as health risks in cities (pollution and motor vehicle accidents, for example), traveling if chronically ill or immuno-compromised, and high-altitude sickness. Each of the book's chapters includes a question-and-answer section based on real questions that Dr. Sanford's patients have asked him.

General travelers, including students going abroad to study or backpack through the developing world and travelers who want to get off the beaten path as well as explore the cities of the world, will find this an invaluable resource.
Christopher Sanford, MD, MPH, DTM and H, is a writer and family practice physician. He is the co-medical director of the Travel Clinic at Hall Health Center, University of Washington.
Author's Note

1. Overview: Risks to International Travelers
2. Immunizations: Routine, Required, Recommended
3. Malaria
4. Urban Medicine: Threats to Health of Travelers to Cities
5. Diseases for Which There Are No Vaccines
6. Travelers' Diarrhea
7. Traveling with Children
8. Traveling with Chronic Medical Problems
9. High-Altitude Medicine
10. Really, Really Nasty Diseases and Other Threats That Are Really, Really Rare, Thank God
11. The Medical Kit
12. Jet Health
13. After Your Trip: If You Feel Good, If You Do Not
14. Some Tips That, Strictly Speaking, Do Not Fall under the Rubric of Travel Health Which I Nonetheless Feel Impelled to Make
15. Resources for the International Traveler

About the Author

"From what to pack to how to plan medical evacuation, Sanford's easy QandA format makes it all understandable - and puts your mind at ease. Tuck this little guide into your suitcase and be on your way."
-Living Without

"Anyone considering international travel should read this book first. Simple steps, like packing a bicycle helmet and learning to recognize the signs of altitude sickness, are just as important as getting recommended vaccines. Thinking about safety is not always fun, but this book - an easy, enjoyable read - will be valuable for anyone considering travel in the developing world."

"As for getting sick (or staying well - let's be positive), The Adventurous Traveler's Guide to Health is just the ticket. . . . [Sanford] presents clear, concise information for all types of travelers."
-Shelf Awareness

"A handy and enlightening guide to various medical concerns faced in global travel, from immunizations to post-trip symptoms."
-Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"[This] paperback isn't a heavy-going medical tome. It's easygoing and witty."
-Seattle Times

"The Adventurous Traveler's Guide to Health is a must-have for travelers who want to experience the world as a whole and not be held back by fears of health concerns."
-Library Bookwatch