Environmental toxicology is generally held to be the study of the potential of constituents of outdoor environments to impact either human health or the biological structure of the ecosystems involved. This volume is a first attempt to integrate toxicological studies of all of the many human environments, both indoor and outdoor, and their complex interrelationships. Included are considerations of natural environments, the agroecosystem, occupational, urban and domestic environments as well as the environment associated with Superfund sites and military deployments.

The primary emphasis is on public health, including the potential health effects of toxicants found in different environments, the bioprocessing of such toxicants in humans and surrogate animals and the principles of risk analysis.

Key Features

  • Approaches the toxicology of human environments in a new and unique way, stressing the complex interrelationships of all human environments and the implication for human and environmental health
  • Each chapter is written by an acknowledged expert and is addressed to those interested in the broader implications of the environmental modifications that are always associated with the activities of humans living and working in them


Scientists and researchers interested in molecular biology, translational science, and toxicology

Table of Contents



Chapter One Human Environments

1 Introduction

2 Toxicant Transport Between and Within Human Environments

3 Bioprocessing of Environmental Toxicants

4 Interactions

5 Risk Assessment, Risk Management, and Risk Communication

6 New Approaches to the Toxicology of Human Environments

Chapter Two Estimating Human Exposure

1 Introduction



Chapter Three Metabolism of Xenobiotics of Human Environments

1 Metabolism of Xenobiotics

2 Metabolic Reactions

3 Phase I Enzymes

4 Phase II Enzymes

5 Elimination

6 Nonmammalian Metabolism

7 Variations in Total Rate and Extent of Metabolism

8 Summary

Chapter Four Toxic Endpoints in the Study of Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals

1 Introduction to Toxic Endpoints

2 Toxicity Testing

3 Carcinogenesis

4 Hepatotoxicity

5 Renal Toxicity

6 Neurotoxicity

7 Reproductive Toxicity

8 Endocrine Toxicity

9 Immunotoxicity: Respiratory

10 Concluding Remarks

Chapter Five Pesticide Regulations: Exposure-Dose Modeling from FIFRA to FQPA

1 Introduction


3 USDA, Status After 1971

4 The FQPA of 1996

5 Dietary and Nondietary Exposure Monitoring Studies, Children and Adults

6 PBPK/PD Models, Risk Prediction

7 Source-to-Outcome Models for Dietary Exposures

8 Conclusions

Chapter Six Occupational Chemicals: Metabolism, Toxicity, and Mode of Action

1 Introduction

2 Structure and Function of Biological Membranes

3 Quantitative Approaches in Exposure Assessment

4 Integrating Biological Monitoring and Toxicology into Risk Assessment

5 Emerging Issues and Technologies

6 Research Needs and Data Gaps

7 Concluding Remarks

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Praise for the series:
"Full of interest not only for the molecular biologist-for whom the numerous references will be invaluable-but will also appeal to a much wider circle of biologists, and in fact to all those who are concerned with the living cell." --British Medical Journal