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