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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: This book describes the clinical toxicology of a broad range of environmental and occupational hazards. In the broadest sense, it is applicable to contaminated land, food additives, water and air pollution, and related topics.
Purpose: My sense is that this book brings together a series of what its editors describe as core competencies for professionals in the environmental public health field. This is very important because at times opinion is fragmented as a result of discord among toxicologists, epidemiologists, and others. This 300+ page book applies itself to the integration of toxicologic knowledge.
Audience: Readers likely will come from fields such as toxicology, environmental science, epidemiology, and risk assessment, although related professionals will benefit as well.
Features: The book is organized into four major sections. The first includes a general introduction and covers target organs, experimental methods for investigating safety, and biomonitoring; the second details sources of information, medical management, susceptibility issues, and occupational toxicology; the third discusses U.K. air pollution, risk assessment of land, incident management for drinking water, food additives, and contaminants; and the final section covers carbon monoxide poisoning, heavy metal toxicity, pesticide toxicity, toxicity of traditional medicine, chemical weapons, combustion toxicology, and nanotoxicology. The appendix details basic medical concepts.
Assessment: There has been a demand for a book like this for a long time. While older and more extensive treatments of toxicology for health professionals satisfy those who are headed for the toxicology profession, there's been little for everybody else. This book appears to have been carefully authored and scrupulously edited. Its visuals are quite outstanding, while it takes pains to examine very difficult topics such as how best to provide life support in contaminated areas. I give it a thumbs up!