Health Resources and Links
International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT)
This 40-year old organization maintains a network of English-speaking physicians, hospitals and clinics around the world that treat travelers for a set reasonable fee. Membership is free, but a donation of $25 is appropriate.
The Ship's Captain Medical Guide Online Edition
"The Ship's Captain Medical Guide". This 22nd Edition is now on-line.
Robert Bethume discusses causes and cures for seasickness.
Medical Kits for Cruisers
ToxiTec Inc. - Honolulu, Hawaii
What Is Ciguatera?
Ciguatera fish poison is a neurological toxin that can result in serious disease symptoms in cruisers who eat fish from nearshore tropical oceans. Ciguatoxin is produced by a microscopic dinoflagellate algae (Gambierdiscus toxicus) and passed up the food chain.
This is a common problem among cruisers (who eats reef fishes) in the South Pacific & elsewhere. Toxi Tec sells a test kit for checking the fishes.
Adventure Medical Kits - Oakland, CA. USA
Inc. - Seattle, WA. USA
Medicine, Inc. -Northampton, MA. USA
West Marine Products - Watsonville, CA. USA
Pak Co. - Rochester, NY. USA (800)832-6054 / e-mail: email@example.com
Chinook Medical Gear, Inc. - Boulder, CO. USA
Mark Anderson's Medical Resources Online
for the cruising sailors:
Cruising Medical Kit 2.1
Travel Health Online
Shoreland, Inc., a company that supports health
professionals who counsel international travelers, has made this web
site available to the public. Users will find detailed travel
advisory information for travelers to 229 countries,
arranged alphabetically. The information presented is drawn from the
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health
Organization, and the US Department of State, as well as news,
medical, and travel media. Users can also access a listing of
travel medicine providers, as well as detailed, well organized
information about general travel health concerns, preventive
medications, and specific illnesses. Most of the information on this
site is available from the agencies mentioned above, but Shoreland
has gathered, organized, and cross-referenced it for ease of use and
for Disease Control Travel Information Page.
Lots of reference materials for the world traveler
such as health recommendations for specific geographical regions and
notices of current disease outbreaks in the world. Check it out
before you drink the local water.
Useful Health Books to Have On
First Aid Afloat, Third Edition
Cornell Maritime Press, Centerville, Maryland
by Dr. Peter F. Eastman, M.D.
There Is No Doctor: A village health
The Hesperian Foundation, Palo Alto, California
by David Werner
Boater's Medical Companion,
by Robert S. Gould, M.D
On-Board Medical Handbook: First Aid
and Emergency Medicine Afloat,
by Dr. Paul G. Gill, International Marine
Guide to Small Boat
Emergencies, Naval Institute
by John M. Waters.
Offshore Doctor: A Manual of Medical
Self-Sufficiency at Sea,
by Dr. Michael H. Beilan.
Ship Captain's Medical Guide ,
British government document, HMSO: Department of Trade.
Medical Guide for Ships
(including the ship's medical chest) 2nd edition, from the World
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