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Medical Geology

A Regional Synthesis

  • Olle Selinus
  • Robert B. Finkelman
  • Jose A. Centeno


  • 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 International Year of Planet Earth book series (IYPE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Robert B. Finkelman, Heather Gingerich, Jose A. Centeno, Gary Krieger
    Pages 1-27
  3. Paul R. D. Wright, Robin Rattray, Gerald Lalor
    Pages 29-57
  4. M. Aurora Armienta, Ramiro Rodríguez, Nuria Segovia, Michele Monteil
    Pages 59-78
  5. Bernardino R. Figueiredo, Marta I. Litter, Cássio R. Silva, Nelly Mañay, Sandra C. Londono, Ana Maria Rojas et al.
    Pages 79-106
  6. Karin Ljung, Annemarie de Vos, Angus Cook, Philip Weinstein
    Pages 107-134
  7. Humam Misconi, Maryam Navi
    Pages 135-174
  8. C.B. Dissanayake, C.R.M. Rao, Rohana Chandrajith
    Pages 175-198
  9. T.C. Davies
    Pages 199-219
  10. Iosif F. Volfson, Evgeny G. Farrakhov, Anatoly P. Pronin, Ospan B. Beiseyev, Almas O. Beiseyev, Maxim A. Bogdasarov et al.
    Pages 221-258
  11. Olle Selinus, Mark Cave, Anne Kousa, Eiliv Steinnes, Jaques Varet, Eduardo Ferreira da Silva
    Pages 259-301
  12. Zheng Baoshan, Wang Binbin, Robert B. Finkelman
    Pages 303-327
  13. 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

  • Olle Selinus
    • 1
  • Robert B. Finkelman
    • 2
  • Jose A. Centeno
    • 3
  1. 1.Geological Survey of SwedenUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Dept. Geosciences, Center for Lithospheric StudiesUniversity of Texas, DallasRichardsonUSA
  3. 3.Dept. Environmental & Toxicologic, PathologyArmed Forces Inst. Pathology (AFIP)WashingtonUSA

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