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Africa (Lonely Planet Healthy Travel) Paperback – 1 Feb 2000

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (1 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864500506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864500509
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 9.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,434,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those who have never been to Africa before, it can be difficult to imagine just how different the facilities are on the ground to those to which we have become used in Europe and North America. The vast majority of those who visit Africa do so without any adverse reactions except for loosening bowels. Nevertheless, because of the risks and the different health threats which are encountered in the region, self-diagnosis and basic self-treatment are crucial tools for the traveller, and this handy pocket-book is the perfect source of information for those in need.

The guide is designed specifically with Africa in mind, so there is a specific and invaluable section with listings of medical facilities in every African country, from Algeria to Zimbabwe via Guinea-Bissau. There is also an illuminating section on local healers--or medicine men--and their potential benefits as providers of local remedies for local ailments.

This is all quite apart from voluminous information on virtually every disease imaginable, detailed advice on which malarial prophylaxis are advisable for which regions, sections catering for specifically male or female travellers, children and older travellers, advice on how to combat mental health problems, and intelligent and lucid advice for both before and after your trip. With contributions from many doctors experienced in the field, it is a book that everyone travelling to remote African destinations ought to have with them. --Toby Green


Best for curious and independent-minded travelers' --Wall Street Journal

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.Pearson on 30 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
I went away in the summer to africa as the medical officer on an expedition
Of all the numerous books i read, this was by far the most useful. It was consulted at the first sign of any illness and in fact played a vital role in helping us to diagnose malaria early.
The book covers everything we needed (we were there for 10 weeks), the section on food poisoning was the most helpful, descriptive, easy to follow guide I've seen to date!
Highly recommended, definitely an indispensible guide.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
A Must Purchase For Travelers To Africa 28 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are planning to travel anywhere in Africa, especially Sub-Saharan Africa this small, handy book is a must. With the number of infectious diseases prevelant in Africa it is foolish to take unneccessary risks, but most people are probably not familiar with the health risks and options open to them. This book contains comprehensive information on what do to before you go, how to stay healthy, and what to do when you get back. It also has a substantial list of symptoms, diseases and treatments just in case you do get sick (or injured from outdoor activities). It works for outdoor adventurer's, resort go-ers, and urban-only businessmen. Plus its minature size makes it convenient to carry.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good overview of health risks, preventions measures 8 Dec. 2006
By Toby Scammell - Published on
Format: Paperback
I used this on a recent trip to Africa. It was most valuable in the preparation stage of my trip when figuring out what to bring and what shots were needed to enter certain countries (some of this is now outdated). It has really good maps of where Malaria, Yellow Fever, etc are located on the continent and a good, if also outdated, discussion of anti-malarial drugs.

I wouldn't use this as a medical book during any trip, but it's a great primer that gives an overview of all the wonderful parasites and diseases in the region.

Bottom line: Gives a really good idea of how to prevent and prepare for getting sick in Africa. Buy it a few months before your trip so you can start getting shots.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Healthy travel 10 Jan. 2007
By Mrs. R. W. Clarke - Published on
Format: Paperback
Excellent and essential reading for anyone going to the African continent.

Currently being used by several participants in the Plymouth to Banjul run.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A 'must have' Field Guide for those going to Africa. 6 May 2007
By First United Methodist - Published on
Format: Paperback
Isabelle Young has compiled a "packing worthy" field guide for individual health care as well as diagnosing and treating illness/disease peculiar to the African continent. I was amazed this guide carries approximately 400 pages of easy to read and understand descriptions of common and not so common maladies discussing prevention,diagnosis, treatment and whether you need to leave to get lifesaving treatment. I would commend this guide for individual travelers and those leading tour groups or short term medical mission groups. I was so impressed that I purchased a guid for each of the physicians and nurses that I led on a short term medical mission experience in Sierra Leone. Perhaps the best news is the price for the guide!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
just returned 28 May 2006
By Stacey Belkin - Published on
Format: Paperback
My family and I recently returned from a trip to Africa. We traveled with our two small children and had a wonderful time. This book was wonderful in leading us to beautiful destinations. Our trip would not have been the same without it. My husband is an army officer and had brought along his own guidebooks he obtained through the service. This is the one we relied on the most.

Stacey Belkin
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