By James S Brown
During the earlier 60 years, the variety of chemical failures world wide from army, occupational, and environmental assets has risen at an alarming cost. The profound controversy surrounding many chemical substances makes goal research approximately most unlikely. but now greater than ever -- with the day-by-day publicity to a variety of chemical compounds and the elevated danger of chemical terrorism -- it truly is serious that we comprehend the position of chemical substances in inflicting psychiatric illness.
Unlike similar books, this impressive reference is meant in particular for psychiatric purposes and is therefore the definitive sourcebook for the numerous pros referred to as directly to reply to those events.
This paintings stands by myself because the first in this subject to be written through a psychiatrist and the 1st to assemble the army, occupational, and environmental exposures inflicting psychiatric disease, together with a number of chemical sensitivities, mass hysteria, radiation exposures, group tension reactions, and Gulf struggle and different syndromes.
Unique highlights comprise - A precis of the suggested psychiatric signs attributed to every chemical category (chemical guns, insecticides, fumigants, metals, solvents, gases, PCBs, Agent Orange, and different miscellaneous chemical substances) in tables for simple reference. We use own care items, take prescribed drugs, pump fuel, drink alcohol, and spray pesticides as a part of our daily lives. but hardly ever can we discover that major exposures to the chemical compounds defined during this publication -- lots of which we're uncovered to in day-by-day actions -- can harm the vital frightened procedure, inflicting psychiatric affliction. - A accomplished bibliography, in each bankruptcy, of the entire very important fabric in English-language scientific journals and books that has seemed in this topic because the overdue nineteenth century. those bibliographies hide every thing from the 1st released experiences of the risks of carbon disulfide within the French rubber -- hazards that American medication overlooked for years -- via more moderen large-scale chemical exposures that experience severe long term outcomes. (e.g., Love Canal). - the most recent information regarding terrorist and army makes use of of chemical guns -- of serious relevance in psychiatry this present day -- from global battle I opponents uncovered to chlorine, phosgene, mustard gasoline, arsenic, and cyanide to the 1st organophosphate, or nerve, gases (such as tabun and sarin) constructed by way of the Germans prior to and through global struggle II (and utilized by Iraq within the Gulf battle and by way of a non secular cult within the terrorist subway assaults in Tokyo and Matsumoto, Japan).
Quite easily, this e-book is a "must have" for psychiatric and doctors in all places, with prolonged attraction between laypersons similar to environmental/consumer advocates, legal professionals, coverage execs, commercial hygienists, catastrophe planners, and scientific librarians.