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Essentials of Medical Geology Impacts of the Natural Environment on Public Health

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Edited By: O Selinus
832 pages, Figs, tabs
Publisher: Academic Press
Essentials of Medical Geology
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  • Essentials of Medical Geology ISBN: 9780126363418 Hardback Dec 2005 Out of Print #141221
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This authoritative reference volume emphasizes the importance and interrelationships of geological processes to the health and diseases of humans and animals. Its accessible format fosters better communication between the health and geoscience communities by elucidating the geologic origins and flow of toxic elements in the environment that lead to human exposure through the consumption of food and water. For example, problems of excess intake from drinking water have been encountered for several inorganic compounds, including fluoride in Africa and India; arsenic in certain areas of Argentina, Chile, and Taiwan; selenium in seleniferous areas in the U.S., Venezuela, and China; and nitrate in agricultural areas with heavy use of fertilizers. Environmental influences on vector borne diseases and stormflow water quality influences are also featured. Numerous examples of the environmental influences on human health from across the globe are also presented and discussed in this volume.


1. Medical Geology: Perspective and Prospective I. Environmental Biology 2. Natural Distribution and Abundance of Elements 3. Anthropogenic Sources 4. Uptake of Elements from a Chemical Point of View 5. Uptake of Elements from a Biological Point of View 6. Biological Functions of the Elements 7. Geological Impacts on Nutrition 8. Biological Responses of Elements II. Pathways and exposures 9. Volcanic Emissions and Health 10. Radon in Air and Water 11. Arsenic in Groundwater and the Environment 12. Fluoride in Natural Waters 13. Water Hardness and Health Effects 14. Bioavailability of Elements in Soil 15. Selenium Deficiency and Toxicity in the Environment 16. Soils and Iodine Deficiency 17. Geophagy and the Involuntary Ingestion of Soil 18. Natural Aerosolic Mineral Dusts and Human Health 19. The Ecology of Soil-borne Human Pathogens 20. Animals and Medical Geology III. Environmental Toxicology, Pathology and Medical Geology 21. Environmental Epidemiology 22. Environmental Medicine 23. Environmental Pathology 24. Toxicology 25. Speciation of Trace Elements IV. Techniques and Tools 26. GIS in Human Health Studies 27. Investigating Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases with Remote Sensing and GIS 28. Mineralogy of Bone 29. Inorganic and Organic Geochemistry Techniques 30. Histochemical and Microprobe Analysis in Medical Geology 31. Modeling Ground Water Flow and Quality APPENDICES

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Edited by Olle Selinus
Out of Print
Edited By: O Selinus
832 pages, Figs, tabs
Publisher: Academic Press
Media reviews
There is no obvious single-volume competitor to this book in the field it describes and it can be strongly recommended for the personal or library bookshelves of its target audeince of 'upper division undergraduates, graduate students, environmental geoscientists, epidemiologiests, medics and decision-makers. -John G. Farmer, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, SCIENCEDIRECT JUNE 2005 "Remarkably detailed and comprehensive in its coverage, this volume has excellent reference tables and colorful graphic and maps. The index makes it easy to quickly fine a variety of information-from natural sources and extraction pathways to biological function, toxicity, and health effects of exposure to minerals and other substances. Summing up: Essential. Medical and public health libraries. Highly recommended. Libraries supporting related studies in toxicology, pathology, geochemistry, and environmental epidemiology, at the upper undergraduate level and above." - CHOICE, September 2006 "...strongly recommended for the personal or library bookshelves of its target audience of "upper division undergraduates, graduate students, environmental geoscientists, epidemiologists, medics and decision-makers." John G. Farmer for "Science of the Total Environment" "This is an extraordinary book. It is compendial and readily informative at the same time...Im most pleased to have had the opportunity to learn a lot while I reviewed this book and thus recommend it highly and without reservation. Its a must-have for a well rounded academic bookshelf!" - David F. Hardwick, MD, FRCPC, LLD, The University of British Columbia
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