Essentials of Medical Geology: Impacts of the Natural Environment on Public Health
Olle Selinus January 25, 2005 Academic Press
This reference volume emphasizes the interrelationships of geological processes to the health and diseases of humans and animals. It helps explain the geologic origins and flow of toxic elements in the environment that lead to human exposure via food and water. More than 80 chapters provide numerous examples of the environmental influences on human health. In particular, the book addresses speciation, bioaccessibility and bioavailability of trace elements in soils and subsurface rocks, provides overviews of numerous key concepts, and summarizes the hazardous properties of naturally occurring minerals and chemicals in the rock and soils. The appendix contains tables on natural elements in rocks and soils, international action levels, health effects of all elements, epidemiological features and more. This book may be used both as a reference and as the basis for a course on medical geology.