- I.G. Sipes
- C.A. McQueen
- A.J. Gandolfi, Center for Toxicology, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ 85721, USA
Comprehensive Toxicology is an in-depth, state-of-the art review of toxicology with an emphasis on human systems. This set of volumes has been designed to encompass investigation from the molecular level to the intact organism. The goal is to provide a balanced presentation that integrates specific biological effects of pertinent toxicants across the various disciplines of toxicology.
In planning Comprehensive Toxicology, the needs of a wide range of potential users were considered. Consequently, each area will include a thorough review as well as the latest scientific data and interpretation.
The original 13 volumes are available as a set - with or without CD-ROM - and as individual volumes.
The CD-ROM version provides the additional benefit of a sophisticated search engine:• natural language querying - queries can be entered in natural language phrases• advanced relevance ranking - search results are interpreted for actual relevance rather than just the 'number of hits'• concept searching - because e.g., "dose" and "poisoning" and linked by occurrence within the text, (they are linked linguistically) relevant hits are suggested that you didn't specifically request• high relevance in retrieval - you can find relevant articles that you would have missed with a standard Boolean search• synonym searches - the software generates related search terms• query by example - a word, paragraph or entire article can be used as a search query, in order to find relevant text• abstracts for most of the 50,000 references
The CD-ROM software is intuitive for the end-user, so no experience or training is required.
NEW: Volume 14, Cellular and Molecular Toxicology (Edited by J. Vanden Heuvel, et al), related to and complementing the 13-volume set. This volume demonstrates how the use of extremely powerful molecular and cell biology techniques has stimulated the growth of Toxicology as a scientific discipline. Only available separately. Publication: early 2002.
Scientists and students in academic, industrial and governmental settings will be major users of this work. University scientists will utilize this source as a basis for their research studies and as a reference text for teaching. Individuals in need of toxicological data in the chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, petroleum, biotechnical, mining and semiconductor industries will find this set to be a valuable tool as will governmental scientists, regulators, and administrators. Other potential users include those with interests in environmental and medical law as well as scientists associated with research institutes and consulting firms.
- There presently exists no such comprehensive reference collection. Information of this nature is dispersed and not readily accessed without extensive library research.
The evergrowing bulk of highly specialized books and journals dedicated to toxicology make it difficult for someone to have a high-level state-of-the-art review of all topics in current toxicology. Comprehensive Toxicology is likely to fill that gap.
(J. Descotes, Lyon, France)