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Asbestos and Other Fibrous Materials : Mineralogy, Crystal Chemistry, and Health Effects - H. Catherine W. Skinner

Asbestos and Other Fibrous Materials

Mineralogy, Crystal Chemistry, and Health Effects

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Published: 3rd November 1988
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The public has become acutely aware that there is a large quantity of asbestos in the environment - it is used to insulate homes, schools and other public buildings, in car brakes, hair-dryers, and in many other applications. Asbestos and other fibrous inorganic materials are used so extensively because of their unique physical and chemical properties, which partly result from their fibrous form. This form also accounts for the hazards they pose to health. This comprehensive sourcebook introduces inorganic fibrous materials, both synthetic and naturally occurring. It provides an accessible general description of the fibrous state, the range of compounds that can adopt this form, and their unique characteristics. The author also assesses their use in industry and evaluates their safety.

"A short (about 200 pp) text that introduces fibrous materials and their health effects. Special emphasis on, and strength in, describing the chemical/physical structure of asbestos and other inorganic fibers, and in addressing difficult definitional issues." --American Public Health Association Section Newsletter "This book is unique in trying to shed light on a difficult and complex problem where disparate fields such as mineralogy, epidemiology, pathology, and statistics are involved....epitomizes the dilemma of our present-day society trying to improve the environment." --American Scientist "An ambitious undertaking...authors have succeeded in producing a brief, readable account, supplemented with a substantial amount of reference material....recommended to geologists, physicians, health officials, and even members of the general public who are involved with or interested in this highly debatable subject." --American Mineralogist "Information related to the interaction of mineral fibers and biologic materials is widely scattered through mineralogic, toxicologic, medical and epidemiologic publications. This book does an excellent job of bringing this disparate material together." --Chest "Extensive bibliographies, appendices listing the natural and synthetic fibrous minerals and materials, together with a mineralogical and medical glossary, complete a professional overview of a serious problem." --Australian Mineral Foundation Informative Book Review "This monograph may not only be useful for occupational professionals, it's worth reading also for all those, concerned with environmental health." --Arbeitsmedizin "A short (about 200 pp) text that introduces fibrous materials and their health effects. Special emphasis on, and strength in, describing the chemical/physical structure of asbestos and other inorganic fibers, and in addressing difficult definitional issues." --American Public Health Association Section Newsletter "This book is unique in trying to shed light on a difficult and complex problem where disparate fields such as mineralogy, epidemiology, pathology, and statistics are involved....epitomizes the dilemma of our present-day society trying to improve the environment." --American Scientist "An ambitious undertaking...authors have succeeded in producing a brief, readable account, supplemented with a substantial amount of reference material....recommended to geologists, physicians, health officials, and even members of the general public who are involved with or interested in this highly debatable subject." --American Mineralogist "Information related to the interaction of mineral fibers and biologic materials is widely scattered through mineralogic, toxicologic, medical and epidemiologic publications. This book does an excellent job of bringing this disparate material together." --Chest "Extensive bibliographies, appendices listing the natural and synthetic fibrous minerals and materials, together with a mineralogical and medical glossary, complete a professional overview of a serious problem." --Australian Mineral Foundation Informative Book Review "This monograph may not only be useful for occupational professionals, it's worth reading also for all those, concerned with environmental health." --Arbeitsmedizin

PART I: What is an Inorganic Fiber? 1: Fibers and History 2: Definitions of Fiber 3: Nomenclature 4: The Properties of Inorganic Fibers 5: Classification of Inorganic Fibrous Materials PART II: Fibrous Minerals and Synthetic Fibers 6: The Crystal Chemistry of Mineral Materials 7: Silicate and Aluminosilicate Minerals that Form Fibers 8: Asbestos 9: Other Chain Aluminosilicates that Form Fibers 10: Aluminosilicates with Sheet Structures that Form Fibers 11: Isolated Tetrahedra Silicates 12: Silica Minerals that are Fibrous 13: Fibers of Nonsilicate Minerals 14: MMVF or Glass Fibers 15: Whiskers 16: Carbon and Graphite Fibers PART III: Health Effects of Inorganic Fibers 17: Historical Highlights and Perspectives 18: The Respiratory System 19: The Pleura 20: The Lymphatic System 21: Fiber Inhalation and Health Effects 22: Epidemiology of Exposure to Fibrous Materials

ISBN: 9780195039672
ISBN-10: 019503967X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 3rd November 1988
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 15.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.62