A Primer of Environmental Toxicology

A Primer of Environmental Toxicology

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The current worldwide high level of interest in the health effects of toxic chemicals on the environment is reflected in this work. The general principles common to all chemicals acting on the body are introduced. Case studies focus on the interface between science and policy, and the complex interrelationships among ecological systems. The historical and existing framework for the regulation of toxic chemicals in food, drugs and the environment is presented.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 289 pages
  • 158.75 x 230 x 19.05mm | 430g
  • Lea & Febiger,U.S.
  • Philadelphia, United States
  • English
  • 081211468X
  • 9780812114683

Table of contents

Some historical insights; acute or single dose toxicity; limitations and uses of the ED50 or LD50; inhalation toxicity and the concept of chronicity; subchronic and chronic toxicity testing; absorption, distribution and excretion of chemicals (Roebuck); biotransformation of chemicals; food and pesticide laws, setting tolerances; survey of pesticides; the rise and fall of DDT; chlorines, benzenes rings and dioxins; heavy metals (Roebuck); the sulfur cycle and reducing type air pollution; the nitrogen cycle and oxidizing type air pollution; the detergent controversy (Gosselin); (irradiation of foods versus radon); (the Goldfine hypothesis) (Kaplita); (toxic waste dumps) (Devlin); the alcohols; carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, teratogenicity.
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