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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James Harris, MD, MSPH (Oregon Health and Science University)
Description: This multiauthored book is a follow-up to Hazardous Materials Toxicology: Clinical Principles of Environmental Health (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1992). With 117 chapters and over 150 contributors, this is a thorough update of clinical environmental toxicology.
Purpose: It is the intent of the editors to provide a comprehensive and accurate source of up-to-date information on the human effects of exposure to toxic substances. The editors hope this book will help health professionals prevent environmental health problems and plan for toxicologic emergencies.
Audience: The intended audience includes physicians (primarily occupational medicine specialists and toxiocologists), poison control center workers, government employees, and educators. For lay persons, the physiology and mechanisms of injury may be difficult to follow. The editors and authors are recognized authorities in their field.
Features: The book is divided into sections on general principles, regulatory and legal issues, toxicology by organ system, and industry specific hazards. The fifth and final section, which is over half of the book, covers specific toxins and their adverse health effects. The range of topics is diverse: from endocrine disruptors to U.S. - Mexico environmental health issues, to the toxicology of zinc, a wide variety of substances and issues are addressed.
Assessment: This edition is a needed update. After nine years, substantial progress and growth of information has occurred in the field of environmental health. Other occupational and environmental health books are better general resources, as they typically cover topics such as ergonomics and musculoskeletal problems, which are not covered here. The emphasis in this book is toxic exposures, and it is a very useful second text in the library of health professionals. The first edition was my first "go to" resource when seeing patients with potential hazardous exposures. This second edition will be a welcome addition to any health professional's library.