Environmental Geochemistry and Health

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 83–84 | Cite as

Dissanayake CB, Chandrajith R. Introduction to medical geology: focus on tropical environments

Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2009, 297 pp
  • M. H. Wong
Book Review

This book has bridged the gap concerning the role of trace elements and their geochemical pathways, related to the health of millions of people, under the extreme conditions of tropical environments. This concise book can be considered as one of the pioneering works in the emerging discipline of medical geology. It serves as a valuable reference book for policy-makers and scientists, and also as a textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate students pursuing programs related to geology, environmental science and medicine.

The book is comprised of 12 short and concise chapters, accompanied with nicely interpreted diagrams and tables that can be easily followed. The first three chapters provide fundamental information on geochemistry, with special emphasis on tropical environments. Individual elements including fluoride, iodine, nitrates, arsenic, water hardness and selenium, in relation to different human health problems, are included in Chaps. 4–9. Chapter 10 deals with podoconiosis...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology, Croucher Institute for Environmental SciencesHong Kong Baptist UniversityHong KongPeople’s Republic of China

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