Information Resources in Toxicology, Volume 1: Background, Resources, and Tools

Information Resources in Toxicology, Volume 1: Background, Resources, and Tools

5th Edition - May 14, 2020

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  • Editor-in-Chief: Philip Wexler
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128137246
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128137253

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This new fifth edition of Information Resources in Toxicology offers a consolidated entry portal for the study, research, and practice of toxicology. Both volumes represents a unique, wide-ranging, curated, international, annotated bibliography, and directory of major resources in toxicology and allied fields such as environmental and occupational health, chemical safety, and risk assessment. The editors and authors are among the leaders of the profession sharing their cumulative wisdom in toxicology’s subdisciplines. This edition keeps pace with the digital world in directing and linking readers to relevant websites and other online tools.Due to the increasing size of the hardcopy publication, the current edition has been divided into two volumes to make it easier to handle and consult. Volume 1: Background, Resources, and Tools, arranged in 5 parts, begins with chapters on the science of toxicology, its history, and informatics framework in Part 1. Part 2 continues with chapters organized by more specific subject such as cancer, clinical toxicology, genetic toxicology, etc. The categorization of chapters by resource format, for example, journals and newsletters, technical reports, organizations constitutes Part 3. Part 4 further considers toxicology’s presence via the Internet, databases, and software tools. Among the miscellaneous topics in the concluding Part 5 are laws and regulations, professional education, grants and funding, and patents. Volume 2: The Global Arena offers contributed chapters focusing on the toxicology contributions of over 40 countries, followed by a glossary of toxicological terms and an appendix of popular quotations related to the field.The book, offered in both print and electronic formats, is carefully structured, indexed, and cross-referenced to enable users to easily find answers to their questions or serendipitously locate useful knowledge they were not originally aware they needed. Among the many timely topics receiving increased emphasis are disaster preparedness, nanotechnology, -omics, risk assessment, societal implications such as ethics and the precautionary principle, climate change, and children’s environmental health.

Key Features

  • Introductory chapters provide a backdrop to the science of toxicology, its history, the origin and status of toxicoinformatics, and starting points for identifying resources
  • Offers an extensive array of chapters organized by subject, each highlighting resources such as journals, databases,organizations, and review articles
  • Includes chapters with an emphasis on format such as government reports, general interest publications, blogs, and audiovisuals
  • Explores recent internet trends, web-based databases, and software tools in a section on the online environment
  • Concludes with a miscellany of special topics such as laws and regulations, chemical hazard communication resources, careers and professional education, K-12 resources, funding, poison control centers, and patents
  • Paired with Volume Two, which focuses on global resources, this set offers the most comprehensive compendium of print, digital, and organizational resources in the toxicological sciences with over 120 chapters contributions by experts and leaders in  the field


Toxicologists, pharmacologists, drug companies, toxicology testing labs, poison control centers, physicians, legal and regulatory professions (EPA, government), and chemists

Table of Contents

  • Part I. Introduction
    1. Toxicology: A Primer
    2. History of Toxicology
    3. Development of Toxicoinformatics
    4. Toxicoinformatics Today
    5. Starting Points for Finding Toxicology Resources

    Part II. Subject Categorization: Books and More
    6. General Texts
    7. Analytical Tox
    8. Animals in Research
    9. Biomarkers
    10. Biotechnology
    11. Biotoxins
    12. Cancer
    13. Chemical Compendia
    14. Chemicals: Cosmetics and Other Consumer Products
    15. Children’s Environmental Health
    16. Climate Change
    17. Chemicals: Drugs
    18. Chemicals: Dusts and Fibers
    19. Chemicals: Metals
    20. Chemicals: Pesticides
    21. Chemicals: Solvents
    22. Chemicals: Selected Chemicals
    23. Clinical Toxicology
    24. Developmental and Reproductive
    25. Disaster Prepared & Management
    26. Environmental Tox: Aquatic
    27. Environmental Tox: Air
    28. Environmental Tox: Hazardous Waste
    29. Environmental Tox: Terrestrial
    30. Environmental Tox: Wildlife
    31. Epidemiology
    32. Ethical Considerations
    33. Exposure Science
    34. Food and Nutrient Toxicology
    35. Forensic Toxicology
    36. Genetic Toxicology
    37. Mixtures
    38. Molecular, Cell., and Biochem Tox
    39. Nanotechnology
    40. Noise
    41. Occupational Health
    42. Omics
    43. Pathology
    44. Pharmacokinetics and Metabolism
    45. Precautionary Principle
    46. Radiation
    47. Regulatory Tox
    48. Risk Assessment
    49. Substance Abuse
    50. Target Sites: General
    51. Target Sites: Cardiovascular
    52. Target Sites: Endocrine
    53. Target Sites: Gastrointestinal
    54. Target Sites: Hematopoietic
    55. Target Sites: Immune
    56. Target Sites: Kidney
    57. Target Sites: Liver
    58. Target Sites: Nervous System
    59. Target Sites: Respiratory
    60. Target Sites: Sensory
    61. Target Sites: Skin
    62. Terrorism and Warfare (Chemical, Biological and Rad)
    63. Testing Methods & Tox Assess (incl Alternatives)
    64. Veterinary Tox

    Part III. Other Resources
    65. Organizations
    66. Journals and Newsletters
    67. General Interest and Popular Works
    68. Technical Reports and Government Information
    69. Audiovisual and Non-Print Resources

    Part IV. The Online Environment and Data Science
    70. The Internet: Recent Trends
    71. Web-Based Databases
    72. Software Tools for Tox & Risk Assess

    Part V. Special Topics
    73. Laws and Regulations
    74. Hazard Communication
    75. Professional Education
    76. Public Education
    77. Grants and Funding
    78. Poison Control Centers
    79. Patents

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1054
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: May 14, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128137246
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128137253

About the Editor in Chief

Philip Wexler

Philip Wexler
Philip Wexler retired from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) after a long and eminent federal career in its Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program. While there, he participated in and led intra- and inter-agency teams in the development, enhancement, and maintenance of a broad array of toxicology databases, taking advantage of continuously evolving information technologies. He collaborated on the development of the World Library of Toxicology, the ToxLearn educational tutorial, the Toxicology History Room, and the Toxicology History Association. Mr. Wexler served as Editor-in-Chief for all five editions of Information Resources in Toxicology and served in the same role for editions 1-3 of the Encyclopedia of Toxicology, and the ongoing monographic series, History of Toxicology and Environmental Health, all Elsevier publications. A 4th edition of the Encyclopedia is being planned. In addition, he is co-editor of the book, Chemicals, Environment, Health: A Global Management Perspective and the journal, Global Security: Health Science and Policy, both published by Taylor and Francis. He has authored numerous technical journal articles related to toxicology informatics, education, communications, and history, and chaired sessions, lectured and taught widely on these subjects throughout the globe. Mr. Wexler has been a strong advocate of toxicology public outreach and has organized events at various venues to enhance the public's understanding of the role of toxicology in society and people's lives. He is a trustee of the Toxicology Education Foundation and past chair of the Society of Toxicology's World Wide Web Advisory Team. He is a recipient of the NLM Regents Award for Scholarly or Technical Achievement, the Society of Technical Communications's Distinguished Technical Communication Award, and the Society of Toxicology's Public Communications Award.

Affiliations and Expertise

Retired, National Library of Medicine (NLM), Bethesda, MD, USA

About the Editors

Steve Gilbert

Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), has a Ph.D. in toxicology and is a Diplomat of American Board of Toxicology. He is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington. Dr. Gilbert’s research has focused on neurobehavioral effects of low-level exposure to lead and mercury on the developing nervous system. His book, A Small Dose of Toxicology- The Health Effects of Common Chemicals was published in 2004 and the 2nd edition is available for free as an E-book ( The book was recently translated and published in Chinese and has been translated into Arabic, German, and Spanish. He started the wiki based web site Toxipedia ( which includes a suite of sites that put scientific information in the context of history, society, and culture (temporily offline) (

Affiliations and Expertise

Director and Founder, Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND)

Asish Mohapatra

Asish Mohapatra has 22 years professional work experience in the multi-disciplinary areas of toxicology, health risk assessment, chemical fate, transport and transformation and climate change impacts in permafrost affected soils, computational toxicology, systems biology, biomedical informatics and data fusion tools, methodologies and framework applications in toxicology and health risk analysis. Asish has carried out numerous critical reviews of environmental health risk analysis projects, managed and led chemical toxicology reviews, exposure analysis and risk assessment guidelines and methodologies development. He has completed critical reviews of toxicological and health risk assessments of contaminated sites, indoor and outdoor air quality, soil and water quality analysis; toxicology and health risk assessment database developments; Developed and reviewed toxicological reference values and soil quality guidelines for petroleum and chlorinated hydrocarbons, metals and metalloids. Additional expertise in CBRN(Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear), energetics materials and Toxic Industrial Contaminants and consequence management; multiple data fusion models for advanced dose response assessment methodologies, assessment of complex chemical mixtures; health risks from a local and global health and security perspective Asish has expertise in emerging informatics tools in collaborative predictive toxicology and risk assessment, computational toxicology and review of web 2.0 and 3.0 tools and applications in integrating data resources in toxicology and environmental public health risk analysis projects Maintained and developed relationships with regional, federal, and international agencies including community groups to share information resources in the emerging environmental health toxicology and public health risk analysis in residential, commercial and industrial lands and interfaces settings. Asish is a co-editor in chief of Global Security: Health, Science, and Policy, an interdisciplinary and a specialized journal under Routledge, Taylor and Francis, focusing on many disciplines intersecting health, environment, security, science and policy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Contaminated Sites, Environmental Health Program, Health Canada, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Sol Bobst

Dr. Sol Bobst, PhD, DABT has participated in several risk assessment reviews. He is a ten year member of the Society of Toxicology and the past president of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues specialty section. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, University Honors with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. His Doctoral degree is from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas, and he holds a board certification from the American Board of Toxicology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Sr Regulatory Compliance and Toxicology Advisor, ToxSci Advisors

Antoinette Hayes

Antoinette Hayes is a preclinical drug safety toxicologist at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. She has an expertise in discovery toxicology (small molecules, biologics, siRNA) and risk assessment/mitigation for early research targets. She's an avid science historian and has authored several book chapters on the history of toxicology and is a founding member of the Toxicology History Association.

Affiliations and Expertise

Preclinical Drug Safety Toxicologist, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA, USA

Sara T. Humes

Sara T. Humes recently graduated from the University of Florida with her PhD in Public Health, One Health concentration. Her dissertation research focused on emerging contaminants and novel mechanisms of toxicity, specifically the impact of carbon nanomaterial exposure on the host immune response and the role of protein adduct formation in the development of cumulative neurotoxicity after exposure to electrophilic chemicals. She has contributed to several articles and book chapters related to the nanotoxicology work, with plans for additional publications in the next year. Sara is a student member of both the Society of Toxicology (SOT) and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and is a trustee for the Toxicology Education Foundation. She has also received the Outstanding Student Research Award in the University of Florida Department of Environmental and Global Health, the Delores A. Auzenne Dissertation Award from the Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives at the University of Florida, and the Student Travel Award from the SOT Occupational and Public Health Specialty Section. At the time of publishing, she is looking forward to beginning her career in the fields of toxicology and public health.

Affiliations and Expertise

Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology, University of Florida, FL, USA

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