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.