N eurotoxicology is a broad and burgeoning field of research. Its growth in recent years can be related, in part, to increased interest in and concern with the fact that a growing number of anthropogenic agents with neurotoxic potential, including pesticides, 1ead, mercury, and the polytypic byproducts of combustion and industrial production, continue to be spewed into and accumulate in the environment. In addition, there is great interest in natural products, including toxins, as sources of therapeutic agents. Indeed, it is well known that many natural toxins ofbroadly differing structure, produced or accumulated for predatory or defensive purposes, and toxic agents, accumulated incidentalIy by numerous species, function to perturb nervous tissue. Components of some of these toxins have been shown to be useful therapeutic agents and/or research reagents. Unfor- of some neurotoxicants of anthropogenic ori- tunately, the environmental accumulation gin, expecialIy pesticides and metals, has resulted in incidents ofhuman poisoning, some of epidemic proportion, and high levels of morbidity and mortality. Furthermore, an increasing incidence of neurobehavioral disorders, some with baffling symptoms, is confronting clinicians. It is not clear whether this is merely the re suit of increased vigi- lance and/or improved diagnostics or a consequence of improved health care. In any case, the role of exposure to environmental and occupational neurotoxicants in the etiology of these phenomena, as well as neurodegenerative diseases, is coming under increasing scrutiny and investigation.
Publisher: Humana Press Inc.
Number of pages: 594
Weight: 1490 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 32 mm
Edition: 2002 ed.
"This book presents a set of 21 well-chosen, up to date, reviews of a range of important topics of direct interest to neurotoxicologists in particular, but also to anyone with an interest in animal models of nervous system disease or in pathogenesis. As the title of this proposed series of volumes implies, the editors intend to cover the whole of the field, by adding further volumes in response to reader's requests - so no excuses for gaps!...The coverage is wide...It would be a pity if the emphasis on drugs of abuse put non-specialists off buying the book, because the strong mechanistic treatment of many of the chapters emphasizes the useful parallels with other, less "stimulating", neurotoxic agents. This is certainly not a book just about overdose pharmacology. " - Newsletter of the British Toxicological Society
"The Handbook of Neurotoxicology is an essential addition to the library of any serious researcher in any field of neurotoxicology and should be available in all university libraries where chemistry, biochemistry, or medical or life sciences are studied." - Journal of Natural Products
"Both volumes are laid out attractively...and contain much valuable information on the pharmacological aspects of neurotoxicology, as well as state-of-the-art methodology." Le Journal Canadien Des Sciences Neurologies