Principles and practice of toxicology in public health pdf
The most essential goal of medicine and public health is to prevent harm primum non nocere. This goal is only fully achieved with primary prevention, which requires us to identify and prevent harms prior to human exposure through research and testing that does not involve human subjects. For that reason, public health policies place considerable reliance on nonhuman toxicological studies. However, toxicology as a field has often not produced efficient and timely evidence for decision making in public health. In response to this, the U.
Toxicology is a scientific discipline , overlapping with biology , chemistry , pharmacology , and medicine , that involves the study of the adverse effects of chemical substances on living organisms  and the practice of diagnosing and treating exposures to toxins and toxicants. The relationship between dose and its effects on the exposed organism is of high significance in toxicology. Factors that influence chemical toxicity include the dosage, duration of exposure whether it is acute or chronic , route of exposure, species, age, sex, and environment. Toxicologists are experts on poisons and poisoning. There is a movement for evidence-based toxicology as part of the larger movement towards evidence-based practices.
Principles and Practice of Toxicology in Public Health is the ideal text for a first course in toxicology for the public health student. In five sections, it offers an introduction to the field, as well as the basics of toxicology principles, chemical toxicity, ecotoxicology, and toxicology practice. The text is immediately readable for the student with little technical background. Convert currency. Add to Basket.