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August 31, 2008|By Chicago Tribune

The Adventurous Traveler's Guide to Health University of Washington Press, $14.95

Christopher Sanford is a writer and family practitioner who specializes in travel and tropical medicine. Here he offers treatment advice with the intent of reducing your risk of illness and injury while traveling abroad. He discusses immunizations (including those that are routine, required and recommended), urban medicine (referring here to such things as air pollution or street crime), traveling with chronic medical problems (such as diabetes or chronic bronchitis), the medical kit (the basics of what to take with you) and what to do after you return (he advises a skin test for tuberculosis for anyone who has spent at least one month in a developing country).

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