A vocabulary of toxicology
Concepts in toxicology
John Duffus, Douglas Templeton and Monica Nordberg
Cambridge, UK: RSC Publications 2009 | 179 pp |£49.95
Reviewed by T M T Sheehan
The book comprises four chapters or 'Concept Groups': Fundamental principles of toxicology; Molecular and
cellular toxicology; Whole organism toxicology; Environmental toxicology. Each concept discussion is prefaced with an Iupac-approved definition. Topics covered range from the classical pharmacokinetic parameters to more recent concepts such as elemental speciation as exemplified by the relative toxicities of Cr(iii) and Cr(vi). In addition, there is discussion of such issues as endocrine disruption, multiple chemical sensitivity and nanoparticle toxicity.
I found this an informative and readable little book. It would be a good primer for those new to regulatory toxicology and provides a valuable update for toxicologists of all persuasions. It will also be of interest to those who require a concise introduction to the subject, although for the complete novice the earlier Fundamental toxicology (J H Duffus and H G J Worth eds; RSC Publishing, 2006) would be more appropriate.