Welcome to the second, extensively revised edition of the Textbook of Maritime Medicine, published by the Norwegian Centre for Maritime Medicine, Bergen (NCMM) in association with the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA). The book provides a comprehensive source of information and advice on the health of seafarers and others who spend time at sea. It aims to be both a source of reference and a learning aid for health professionals and everyone else who is concerned with maritime health.
The many thousands of recorded users from around the world and their supportive comments about the first edition led to a decision by NCMM and the editorial board to go ahead with the preparation of a second edition. A new chief editor Tim Carter was appointed in 2012. He has worked with Aksel Schreiner, the editor of the first edition, and now co-ordinator for the second, the editorial board and authors both old and new to prepare this extensively revised edition of the textbook. The content have been reorganised, most of the material has been re-assessed and amended, and new articles have been added.