Vital Signs: Cruising Into Trouble

Travelers can come down with life-threatening diseases—even when the trouble begins at home.

By Anna Reisman|Monday, September 20, 2010
Your admission is Evelyn Warwick, little old lady in distress.” The emergency room resident motioned toward a curtained area at the far end of the ward. “Completely delirious.” “Got it,” I said. At the time I was a medical resident at a New York City public hospital, supervising an intern and a medical student. I knew that delirium, an acute confusional state, could result from just about any type of acute illness, or it could be a side effect of medication. And yet...

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