This title gives helpful advice on all aspects of travelling, from what to expect and pre-trip vaccinations to the hazards of heat and sun in deserts and jungles, and of cold and exposure in mountains and caves. It offers the latest information on Malaria treatments and deep vein thrombosis. It assesses the usefulness of natural remedies and covers responsible tourism. It advises on how to treat bites and stings and deal with accidents, first aid and common ailments. 'Big carnivores are probably best faced. Running away will do you no good since they can easily outrun you and this is exactly what prey species do. Do something that a prey species would not do, like throwing rocks or running at the animal shouting and brandishing a big stick. The predator will then be so surprised and confused that it will probably retreat'.
Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth is one of the UK's leading writers on travel health. She is a GP, a trained zoologist and parasitologist, an experienced expedition doctor and a keen high-altitude trekker. She lived in Asia for 11 years but now resides in Cambridge.
1) Introduction; 2) Homework; 3) Travel Broadens the Mind... and Loosens the Bowels; 4) A Diet of Worms?; 5) Getting Bitten to Death?; 6) Heat, Sun, Sea and Sand; 7) High, Cold and Dark; 8) Skin; 9) Embarrassing Bits, Sex and AIDS; 10) Dangerous and Unpleasant Animals; 11) Accidents, Knocks and Cuts; 12) Ailments and Symptoms; 13) Your First Aid Kit; 14) Responsible Tourism; 15) Living Abroad; 16) When You Get Home; 17) Useful Addresses and Bibliography; 18) Index.