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Medical Geology

A Regional Synthesis

  • Gives a detailed global overview of the effects of our natural environment to our health

  • All aspects are covered on a regional-global scale

  • A truly interdisciplinary study written by geoscientists and medical scientists

  • Complement to the award winning Essentials of Medical Geology

Part of the book series: International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE)

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  • ISBN: 978-90-481-3430-4
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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Medical Geology Issues in North America

    • Robert B. Finkelman, Heather Gingerich, Jose A. Centeno, Gary Krieger
    Pages 1-27
  3. A Regional Perspective of Medical Geology – Cadmium in Jamaica

    • Paul R. D. Wright, Robin Rattray, Gerald Lalor
    Pages 29-57
  4. Medical Geology in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

    • M. Aurora Armienta, Ramiro Rodríguez, Nuria Segovia, Michele Monteil
    Pages 59-78
  5. Medical Geology Studies in South America

    • Bernardino R. Figueiredo, Marta I. Litter, Cássio R. Silva, Nelly Mañay, Sandra C. Londono, Ana Maria Rojas et al.
    Pages 79-106
  6. An Overview of Medical Geology Issues in Australia and Oceania

    • Karin Ljung, Annemarie de Vos, Angus Cook, Philip Weinstein
    Pages 107-134
  7. Medical Geology in the Middle East

    • Humam Misconi, Maryam Navi
    Pages 135-174
  8. Some Aspects of the Medical Geology of the Indian Subcontinent and Neighbouring Regions

    • C.B. Dissanayake, C.R.M. Rao, Rohana Chandrajith
    Pages 175-198
  9. Medical Geology in Africa

    • T.C. Davies
    Pages 199-219
  10. Medical Geology in Russia and the NIS

    • Iosif F. Volfson, Evgeny G. Farrakhov, Anatoly P. Pronin, Ospan B. Beiseyev, Almas O. Beiseyev, Maxim A. Bogdasarov et al.
    Pages 221-258
  11. Medical Geology in Europe

    • Olle Selinus, Mark Cave, Anne Kousa, Eiliv Steinnes, Jaques Varet, Eduardo Ferreira da Silva
    Pages 259-301
  12. Medical Geology in China: Then and Now

    • Zheng Baoshan, Wang Binbin, Robert B. Finkelman
    Pages 303-327
  13. Medical Geology in Japan

    • Hisashi Nirei, Kunio Furuno, Takashi Kusuda
    Pages 329-354
  14. Back Matter

    Pages 391-392

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.


  • Environmental health
  • Environmental medicine
  • Global health
  • IYPE
  • Medical geology
  • Metals
  • Public Health

Editors and Affiliations

  • Geological Survey of Sweden, Uppsala, Sweden

    Olle Selinus

  • Dept. Geosciences, Center for Lithospheric Studies, University of Texas, Dallas, Richardson, USA

    Robert B. Finkelman

  • Dept. Environmental & Toxicologic, Pathology, Armed Forces Inst. Pathology (AFIP), Washington, USA

    Jose A. Centeno

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-90-481-3430-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout