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A Small Dose of Toxicology

by Josh Vincent — last modified Jul 12, 2012 04:18 PM
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Steven Gilbert's excellent book, A Small Dose of Toxicology, is now available in its 2nd edition as a free download.

A Small Dose of Toxicology

NCAP often has the pleasure of working with some really brilliant folks. One such person is the Seattle-based scientist, Steven G. Gilbert. Steven is the founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND) which runs, a free, wiki-based toxicology encyclopedia. He's also the author of the toxicology primer, A Small Dose of Toxicology, which was recently issued in its second edition as a free e-book.

A Small Dose...examines the health effects of many common agents ranging from pesticides and endocrine disruptors to popular foodstuffs like caffeine and alcohol. The goal here is to place toxicology within the framework of our daily lives and offer an informed structure for examining the decisions we make about the substances with which we interact.

From the opening chapter, "This book is not about the thousands of commercial chemicals that are in use, but rather about the principles that guide decisions about their use and distribution. A little knowledge about toxicology will allow us to judge the potential effect on our lives better, ask insightful questions, and ultimately influence the decision makers."

Chapter seven is all about pesticides, and it provides an excellent look at the related health and environmental considerations. It also gives a succinct overview of the history of pesticide use, beginning with the use of sulfur in 1000 BC and venturing up though the 20th century and the age of synthetic chemistry.

This revised and expanded second edition is available only as an e-book and contains numerous hyperlinks to articles and PowerPoint presentations on Toxipedia. Links to references and other informational websites are also included.

Future editions will feature additional chapters on emerging topics such as nanotechnology. Keep an eye out for it.

Browse the e-book here! Each section is downloadable as a pdf.