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April 21, 2005

IAMAT — International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

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Got a passport?

Ever used it, or plan to?

Know anyone who travels?

Then the best thing you will ever do for your future well-being or that of your peripatetic friend is to visit IAMAT's website, look around for a moment, then make a donation of whatever amount you feel like.

Why?

I did so about twenty years ago, back in the day when I went to places like New Delhi and Rotorua and Santorini.

In the mail a few weeks later I received a bunch of stuff, among it a wonderful little booklet published by IAMAT entitled "Medical Resources."

And every April since, on a day much like today, when I received the 2005 edition, they've sent me the new one, without my ever having contributed a penny beyond the initial $5 bill I sent them long ago.

One of the best investments I've ever made.

Of course, that's not saying a whole lot. But I digress.

So what? you say, of the IAMAT booklet.

In that little booklet, arranged alphabetically by country, are the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and (for the past few editions) email addresses of doctors in almost every country in the world who have agreed to treat IAMAT members for a minimal fee.

Most speak English.

Think you won't wish you had this booklet when you start to shake and get chills in Gabon or the Solomon Islands?

I think you will.

So do it.

Trust me....

If you'd rather rely on me, that's OK too: I offer free medical advice and assistance 24/7/365 here — just email me and I'll take it from there.

You'd be surprised how often I hear from traveling joeheads with questions and concerns.

I'm surprised by how often I can be of value and use.

It's what I do best: giving it away.

A good philosophy, to my way of thinking.

Doh_1_1

But then, it would be, wouldn't it?

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