Medical Geochemistry

Geological Materials and Health

  • Paolo Censi
  • Thomas Darrah
  • Yigal Erel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Paolo Censi, E. Tamburo, L. A. Randazzo, Pierpaolo Zuddas, Angela Cuttitta, Thomas H. Darrah
    Pages 1-18
  3. Yigal Erel, O. Tirosh, N. Kessler, U. Dayan, S. Belkin, M. Stein et al.
    Pages 31-46
  4. Pierpaolo Zuddas, D. Faivre, J. R. Duhamel
    Pages 91-99
  5. Gaetano Dongarrà, E. Tamburo, D. Varrica
    Pages 127-148
  6. Alex Eisen-Cuadra, Alan D. Christian, Emmanis Dorval, Bryanna Broadaway, Josi Herron, Robyn E. Hannigan
    Pages 149-166
  7. Thomas H. Darrah, M. Ellen Campbell, Jennifer J. Prustman-Pfeiffer, Robert J. Poreda, Robyn E. Hannigan
    Pages 167-191
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 193-194

About this book


This book includes a collection of chapters illustrating the application of geochemical methods to investigate the interactions between geological materials and fluids with humans. Examples include the incorporation and human health effects of inhaling lithogenic materials, the reactivity of biological fluids with geological materials, and the impact on nascent biomineral formation. Biomineralization is investigated in terms of mineralogy, morphology, bone chemistry, and pathological significance with a focus on the health impacts of "foreign" geological/environmental trace element incorporation. One of the contribution is devoted to particulate matter, the presence of metals and metalloids in the environment, and the possibility of using human hair as a biomarker between environmental/geological exposure and human bioincorporation. Other chapters focus on the last advances on the analytical methods and instrumentational approaches to investigating the chemistry of biological fluids and tissues.


Airborne Particulate Matter Geological Hazards Isotope Geochemistry Medical Geology Trace Metals

Editors and affiliations

  • Paolo Censi
    • 1
  • Thomas Darrah
    • 2
  • Yigal Erel
    • 3
  1. 1., Department of Earth and Marine SciencesUniversità degli Studi di PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2., Environmental Earth and Ocean SciencesUniversity of Massachusetts-BostonBostonUSA
  3. 3., Inst. Earth SciThe Hebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael

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