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I have to say that when buying a book for all the illnesses you hope that it will be able to help you. This book not only told you the illness and what it looks like, it also tells you the best thing to do. Then we have the bites part of the book and this i found to be better as it was more userfriendy and gave you a clear cut view of what to do in the caswe of say a snake bite. I would not go on just my opinion as people find different books eaasier to use. loook around because there are book such as 'Bite Back' that are of the same standard as this book. If you haven't a good book for illnes and bites then i'd say buy this book, but as they say all the illness and bite book are 'same old, same old'.
Jane Wilson-Howarth seems to be this country's most eminent writer on travel health - she's written for loads of newspapers, seems to be a resident at 'Wanderlust' and has written several excellent travel health books. She has two clear distinctions - first, she is a doctor and seems to know exactly what she's talking about; second, she is a very readable, human writer, with a good sense of humour. There's one for people with kids which, as a defiantly childless person, I haven't read, but hear is excellent if you have. 'Shitting Pretty', a triumphantly-titled book about the business of doing your business alfresco, is one of my favourite all-time books. 'Bugs Bites and Bowels' is, for me, her most useful. For anyone who is travelling abroad, this book is a godsend. It advocates prevention rather than cure, and equips you with the knowledge to hopefully avoid the chaos of illness and injury when travelling. Obviously, given that you will almost inevitably have spills and accidents and contract the odd bout of something at some point, she also does include the best advice on how to solve a problem once it has arisen. There are plenty of nasty details for people who like parasite and toilet horror stories, but this is an admirably calm, reassuring book, which helps to encourage adventuring rather than put you off.