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Safe Passage Questioned: Medical Care and Safety for the Polar Tourist: In October 1995 a conference of physicians, scientists, and polar explorers was convened at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, England. With one voice these experts spoke out about the need for improvement in the standards of safety and medical care for the polar tourist. The conclusions of the world-class experts who attended the conference form the basis for this first-ever book addressing an important need. The editors have skillfully synthesized the presentations of the conference attendees and drawn on their own experience and that of other knowledgeable experts to prepare a comprehensive look at the field of polar travel, medicine, and safety. Included are a brief overview of the polar regions, the history of polar exploration and tourism, various nations' experiences at Antarctic bases and how they relate to tourism, possible concerns about medical care and safety for tourists in the Arctic and Antarctic, the potential hazards onboard ships, helicopters, and Zodiac-type boats as well as recommendations for safety and well-being for tourists and the doctors who serve them. 1998. 192 pp. Illustrations. Index. 8½ × 11. Paper.