International Year of Planet Earth

Medical Geology

A Regional Synthesis

Editors: Selinus, Olle, Finkelman, Robert B., Centeno, Jose A. (Eds.)

  • Gives a detailed global overview of the effects of our natural environment to our health
  • A truly interdisciplinary study written by geoscientists and medical scientists
  • Acts as a complement to the award-winning Essentials of Medical Geology
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About this book

The rapidly expanding field of medical geology deals with the relationships between natural geological factors and health, both human and animal. It also aims to improve our understanding of the ways in which the geological environment has an impact on the geographical distribution of health problems. This new book brings together the work of geoscientists and medical/public health researchers, and addresses the health problems caused, or exacerbated, by geological materials (rocks, minerals, atmospheric dust and water) and processes (including volcanic eruptions and earthquakes). Among the environmental health problems discussed in the volume are: human and animal exposure to toxic levels of trace essential and non-essential elements such as arsenic and mercury; trace element deficiencies; exposure to natural dusts and to radioactivity; naturally occurring organic compounds in drinking water; and the effects of volcanic emissions. Examining the positive side of the equation as well as the negative, the book also deals with the many health benefits of geologic materials and processes.

This wide-ranging volume covers issues in medical geology all over the world with each author covering their respective region. It provides examples from different continents as well as a state-of-the-art review of the latest developments in the discipline. The authors are all recognized geoscientific and medical experts working in the field. The book is written for a wide variety of specialists from geologists, geochemists, pathologists and medical doctors to veterinarians and biologists.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Medical Geology Issues in North America

    Finkelman, Robert B. (et al.)

    Pages 1-27

  • A Regional Perspective of Medical Geology – Cadmium in Jamaica

    Wright, Paul R. D. (et al.)

    Pages 29-57

  • Medical Geology in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

    Armienta, M. Aurora (et al.)

    Pages 59-78

  • Medical Geology Studies in South America

    Figueiredo, Bernardino R. (et al.)

    Pages 79-106

  • An Overview of Medical Geology Issues in Australia and Oceania

    Ljung, Karin (et al.)

    Pages 107-134

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-90-481-3430-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-3429-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3263-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Medical Geology
Book Subtitle
A Regional Synthesis
Editors
  • Olle Selinus
  • Robert B. Finkelman
  • Jose A. Centeno
Series Title
International Year of Planet Earth
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3430-4
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3430-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3429-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3263-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 392
Number of Illustrations and Tables
101 b/w illustrations, 79 illustrations in colour
Topics