Shitting Pretty: How to Stay Clean and Healthy While Traveling

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International travel is growing in popularity but sometimes exacts a price. Activities we take for granted - eating, bathing, and going to the bathroom - can range from challenging to risky in unfamiliar territory. Dr. Jane Wilson-Howarth knows plenty about the third of these quandaries, having spent six months in the Himalayas fending off parasites and leeches while doing research. In Shitting Pretty, she takes a humorous, sympathetic approach to one of the most basic of human activities, interweaving anecdotes from fellow travelers with sensible tips and techniques for how to avoid diarrhea, parasites, malaria, and scarier diseases such as encephalitis and pulmonary edema. She covers the basics of how to eat and drink safely, explains symptoms and cures, and also tells why gastrointestinal diseases - the traveler's most common complaint - occur. More than just a how-to (though it is that), the book aims to inspire the traveler to be adventurous and not embarrassed in dealing with foreign toilets, and to pay heed to the fascinating cultural lessons to be learned from the simple act of going to the bathroom.

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‘The book’s strength lies in the very personal quotations of real people who aren’t afraid to share their experiences.’ -- Chigago Tribune Sunday Oct 8 2000

‘an evacuation manual of sorts.... gives straightforward advice. But the best reading, if you are into potty humor, are the travelers’ anecdotes.’ -- The Washington Post Aug 27 2000

‘enlivened by colourful crappy tales’ -- Independent on Sunday Book of the Week 11 March 2001

‘helpful tips on how to have trouble-free vacations’ -- The Arizona Republic Aug 31, 2000

‘likely to remain the definitive guide...’

Featured in the Bookseller alternative review of the year (Dec 2000) as the June 2000 highlight. -- The Bookseller 9th June 2000

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