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Books, Journals, New Media
May 12, 2004

Travel Medicine

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(18):2260. doi:10.1001/jama.291.18.2260-a

International travel is big business and, despite a brief setback after the September 11, 2001, attacks, is expected to become even bigger. As the lifeblood of many national economies, healthful travel is in the best interest of everyone. As international tourism exploded in the late 1970s and early 1980s, travel medicine arose as the boutique offshoot of infectious disease medicine. Rapidly, the field captivated such outstanding clinician-scientists as Herbert Dupont, Robert Steffen, Jay Keystone, David Freedman, and Bradley Conner. Since the first major textbook was published in 1997 by Dupont and Steffen,1 the field has matured and developed its own body of knowledge, a certifying society (International Society of Travel Medicine [ISTM]), journals (Journal of Travel Medicine, Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, etc), and hundreds of Internet resources.

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