Arsenic Exposure and Health Effects III

1st Edition

Editors: W.R. Chappell C.O. Abernathy R.L. Calderon
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080436487
eBook ISBN: 9780080527574
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 6th December 1999
Page Count: 416
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The Society of Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH) Third International Conference on Arsenic Exposure and Health Effects was held from July 12-15, 1998 in San Diego, California. Several outstanding papers and posters generated lively discussion and debate not only about scientific issues but also about policy and regulatory issues.

While developed countries are considering spending perhaps billions of dollars per year to reach concentrations of 10 micrograms per liter or less, countries like Bangladesh, India and China are trying to deal with much more severe, epidemic scale, arsenic problems with millions of dollars or less.

Like its predecessors in 1994 and 1995, The Third SEGH International Conference on Arsenic Exposure and Health Effects (1998) continued the theme of global impact of arsenic. In addition, two new countries with significant arsenic problems, Inner Mongolia and Bangladesh, were represented. The Bangladesh problem could be larger than the one in West Bengal with a possible two-thirds of the population at risk. The conference also featured a session on mechanisms of cancer carcinogenesis. Several scientists presented their work on this important issue which is central to considerations of such questions as the shape of the dose-response curve at low doses. This latter issue was featured in the final session of the conference. Another session that was new and of great interest was on the treatment of victims of chronic arsenic poisoning.

This was the most dynamic conference to date and this resulting monograph represents the state-of-the-art in arsenic research on a worldwide basis. It will contribute to the solution of the many problems caused by arsenic exposure throughout the world.


For institutions, professionals and researchers concerned with geochemistry, environmental science based chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, epidemiology and medicine.

Table of Contents

Dedication—Kurt J. Irgolic. Preface. List of Contributors.

Occurrence and Exposure. Arsenic in the global environment: looking towards the millenium (I. Thornton). Arsenic in the groundwater supplies of the United States (A.H. Welch et al.). Airborne exposure to arsenic occurring in coal fly ash (J.W. Yager et al.). Consistency of biomarkers of exposure to inorganic arsenic: review of recent data (J.P. Buchet et al.). Hair arsenic as an index of toxicity (J.T. Hindmarsh et al.).

Food and Other Exposure Media. Estimating total arsenic exposure in the United States (R.E. Grissom). Arsenic compounds in terrestrial biota (K.J. Irgolic et al.). Exposure to arsenosugars from seafood ingestion and speciation of urinary arsenic metabolites (X. Chris Le et al.). Dietary exposure to inorganic arsenic (R.A. Schoof et al.). Exposure to inorganic arsenic from fish and shellfish (J.M. Donohue, C.O. Abernathy).

General Overview of Arsenic Risk. Application of the risk assessment approaches in the USEPA proposed cancer guidelines to inorganic arsenic (H.J. Clewell et al.). Emerging epidemics of arseniasis in Asia (C.-J. Chen et al.).

Health Effects—Non-Cancer. The present situation of chronic arsenism and research in China (G.F. Sun et al.). Human exposure to arsenic and health effects in Bayingnormen, Inner Mongolia (H.Z. Ma et al.). Drinking water arsenic: the Millard County, Utah mortality study (D. Riedel Lewis). Association between chronic arsenic exposure and children's intelligence in Thailand (U. Siripitayakunkit et al.). Reproductive and developmental effects associated with chronic arsenic exposure (C. Hopenhayn-Rich et al.). Groundwa


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About the Editor

W.R. Chappell

Affiliations and Expertise

Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder, Campus Box 136, PO Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364, USA

C.O. Abernathy

Affiliations and Expertise

Office of Drinking Water, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, USA

R.L. Calderon

Affiliations and Expertise

US Environmental Protection Agency, Human Studies Facility (MD 58a), 104 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7315, USA


@from:(J. Matschullat, Technical University & Mining Academy of Freiberg, Germany) @qu:This book is not only for specialists in arsenic research but serves a broader readership to become familiar with the topic(s). Therefore, it can be recommended to those working in and/or studying environmental science, geo-and biosciences, as well as to medical researchers. @source:International Journal of Geosciences Vol. 40, No. 7