The third edition of a bestseller, Ecosystems and Human Health describes how chemical toxins and biological hazards impact the environment and people. Addressing how pollutants can alter the environment by contributing to global climate change, the author explores a broad range of environmental and health aspects of chemical and biological hazards. He includes numerous examples of the intimate relationship between ecosystem health and human health and emphasizes the need to consider this relationship whenever human activities are likely to have a significant environmental impact.
- Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology
- Risk Analysis and Public Perceptions of Risk
- Water and Soil Pollution
- Airborne Hazards
- Halogenated Hydrocarbons and Halogenated Aromatic Hydrocarbons
- Toxicity of Metals
- Organic Solvents and Related Chemicals
- Food Additives, Drug Residues and Food Contaminants
- Mycotoxins and Other Toxins from Unicellular Organisms
- Animal and Plant Poisons
- Environmental Hormone Disrupters
- Radiation Hazards
- Gaia and Chaos: How Things Are Connected
- Case Study Reviews
"The author conveys the impact of hazards on human health by presenting numerous examples and scenarios from all over the world. The case studies based on actual occurrences not only highlight the environmental impact on human health, but also help the reader understand and apply the toxicity knowledge to the real world."
– Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 2015
"The chapters are very well organized, providing a historical perspective on the toxicity of compounds and outlining the major categories within each class of toxins. The chapters provide useful review questions and references for further reading. [...] Ecosystems and Human Health: Toxicology and Environmental Hazards, Third Edition by Richard Philp provides a general overlook of a vast range of subjects that are of current interest in the field of toxicology. The compilation of such topics into a single book makes it a valuable resource for toxicologists requiring a general knowledge of the field."
– Richard A. Manderville, University of Guelph, Department of Chemistry, Ontario, Canada
" [...] comprehensive, detailed and balanced, covering major environmental hazards from the school playground to the depths of the oceans, from a glass of drinking water to the changing climate of the planet. This new edition should satisfy readers seeking background information about the dispersion of natural and anthropogenic toxicants as well as the mechanisms by which they disrupt living processes."
– Dr. Maurice Hirst, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
" [...] covers a broad area of study dealing with the relationship between human health and environmental hazards. It includes a chapter on radiation. A number of case studies are also found in the book, and a whole chapter is devoted to review of each of them. [...] also contains a number of well-known cases of environmental disasters or episodes. Inclusion of these should enhance the interest of the readers."
– Ming-Ho Yu, Western Washington University, Bellingham
"While most textbooks in the topic of toxicology and environmental sciences provide too much detailed and exhaustive information, Ecosystems and Human Health: Toxicology and Environmental Hazards offers a fast overview and summary of the principles of toxicity of hazards and complex relationship of hazards with human health and environmental safety. [...] The author conveys the impact of hazards on human health by presenting numerous examples and scenarios from all over the world. The case studies based on actual occurrences not only highlight the environmental impact on human health, but also help the reader understand and apply the toxicity knowledge to the real world."
– Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, January 2014