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

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Academic Press, 2005 - Medical - 812 pages
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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.

* Covers recent advances and future research topics at the intersection of environmental science and public health
* Developed by 60 experts from 20 countries and edited by professionals from the International Working Group on Medical Geology
* Includes 200+ color photographs and illustrations
* Organizes information in a highly structured format for easy reference
* Written for a broad audience, ranging from students, researchers, and medical professionals to policymakers and the general public
 

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This is not a book for young a adults,but is one for teachers interested in undersatnding pathways of toxic elements that lead to human exposure through the consumption of food and water. It covers naturally occuring toxinx as well as man made.

Contents

SECTION I
15
Anthropogenic Sources
27
Ron Fuge
43
a Chemical Point of View
61
Uptake of Elements from
87
87
112
Geological Impacts
161
Biological Responses
179
Soils
418
Geophagy and
435
Natural Aerosolic Mineral
459
The Ecology of Soilborne
481
SECTION III
527
Environmental Medicine 541 Jefferson Fowles
541
Environmental Pathology
563
Toxicology
595

SECTION II
201
Radon in Air and Water
227
Arsenic in Groundwater
263
Fluoride
305
Water Hardness
331
Bioavailability
347
Selenium Deficiency
373
Speciation
609
Microprobe Analysis
725
GIS in Human Joseph P Pestaner
737
Investigating VectorBorne Pierre D Glynn
767
Inorganic and Organic Pauline Smedley
775
Gerald Lalor
793

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