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Overview

This latest version of Information Resources in Toxicology (IRT) continues a tradition established in 1982 with the publication of the first edition in presenting an extensive itemization, review, and commentary on the information infrastructure of the field. This book is a unique wide-ranging, international, annotated bibliography and compendium of major resources in toxicology and allied fields such as environmental and occupational health, chemical safety, and risk assessment. Thoroughly updated, the current edition analyzes technological changes and is rife with online tools and links to Web sites. IRT-IV is highly structured, providing easy access to its information. Among the “hot topics” covered are Disaster Preparedness and Management, Nanotechnology, Omics, the Precautionary Principle, Risk Assessment, and Biological, Chemical and Radioactive Terrorism and Warfare are among the designated.

• International in scope, with contributions from over 30 countries
• Numerous key references and relevant Web links
• Concise narratives about toxicologic sub-disciplines
• Valuable appendices such as the IUPAC Glossary of Terms in Toxicology
• Authored by experts in their respective sub-disciplines within toxicology

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Dale A. Stirling, MLA (Intertox, Inc.)
Description: This is a reference work in which a wide range of worldwide toxicological resources are described. The second edition, published in 1990, is greatly expanded in this edition, including digital and electronic resources and increased coverage of environmental and risk assessment issues.
Purpose: According to the editors, the goal of this edition is to provide an up-to-date guide to selected sources of toxicological information. In addition, in what they describe as the core of the book, there is a lengthy annotated bibliography of books and special documents (monographs, conference proceedings, and technical reports) related to toxicology.
Audience: The obvious audience for this reference work is toxicologists. However, it is also of interest to those allied to the toxicological profession including environmental and health scientists as well as supporting information professionals.
Features: In 25 chapters, the editors attempt and appear to reasonably cover essential toxicological information resources. Chapter 6 may prove most valuable as it is a discussion of key standard toxicological resources that are available online or on CD-ROM. Important contributions to toxicology come from many nations and Chapter 25 includes resources available from 17 countries. For each country, information about publications, organizations, regulation, and education is presented. A nice concluding feature is the Glossary of Terms Used in Toxicology.
Assessment: The editors have taken on the herculean task of concisely describing essential worldwide toxicological information resources. The book really has no peers in toxicological publishing and should find a useful place on the reference shelf of toxicologists, allied professions, and information professionals. A particular feature of this third edition is coverage of digital and electronic information resources. Increased interest in environmental and risk assessment issues are also evident and new to this edition. With more public and government awareness of toxicology in general and the attendant growth of digital and electronic resources, a fourth edition probably looms on the horizon.
From the Publisher
"Every library (personal, institutional, or public) should have this volume available."
-TOXICOLOGY LETTERS (September 2000)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123735935
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 7/16/2009
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1344
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Wexler is a Technical Information Specialist at the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program. A recipient of the NLM Regents Award for Scholarly or Technical Achievement and the Distinguished Technical Communication Award of the Washington chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, he is team leader for the development of the ToxLearn online multi-module tutorials, a joint activity with the SOT. Mr. Wexler is also project officer for the LactMed file on drugs and lactation, and the IRIS and ITER risk assessment databases.

He is federal liaison to the Toxicology Education Foundation (TEF), past Chair of SOT’s World Wide Web Advisory Team, and past President of its Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Specialty Section. Mr. Wexler led the World Library of Toxicology project prior to its migration to the INND/Toxipedia group, and remains a federal liaison to the project. He was a member of the Education and Communications Work Group of the CDC/ATSDR’s National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposure. A co-developer of the Toxicology History Room, he is co-founder and federal liaison to the Toxicology History Association.

Mr. Wexler has lectured and been published widely in the U.S. and abroad on toxicology and toxicoinformatics. He is the Editor-in-Chief of three editions of the Encyclopedia of Toxicology (Third Edition, 2014) and four editions of Information Resources in Toxicology (Fourth edition, 2009), as well as numerous other books and articles. In 2010, he was named the recipient of the US Society of Toxicology’s Public Communications Award. Mr. Wexler also serves as an associate editor for a toxicology journal.

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Table of Contents

Part I – The Discipline of Toxicology
Part II – Subject Categorization: Books and More
Part III – Other Resources Categorization
Part IV Internet and Digital Tools
Part V – Special Topics Appendices
Appendicies

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