Title: Fundamental toxicology for chemists
Chairman: J.H. Duffus
Completion Date: 2006 - project completed
To prepare a second edition of the textbook titled 'Fundamental
Toxicology for Chemists' as an IUPAC project.
Several of the authors have already expressed their wish to revise
and update their contributions. Dr Worth and I can also see that there
have been significant advances in toxicology arising from the developments
in genomics and other "-omics" which should be included
in an up-to-date textbook.
The Royal Society of Chemistry is supportive of this project, and
will publish the revised edition.
The textbook, "Fundamental Toxicology for Chemists"
started as a joint project of the IUPAC Commission on Toxicology and
the Committee for the Teaching of Chemistry, suggested by the CTC,
and was published in 1996 on behalf of IUPAC by the Royal Society
of Chemistry (RSC). The purpose was to facilitate the introduction
of toxicology in the tertiary curriculum for chemists. The 1st edition
was successful with nearly 3,000 copies sold. However, the need for
such a text is as strong now as when it was first published. The editors
(Duffus and Worth) consider that the time has come to update the text
and to prepare a second edition, to be published by the RSC, who are
in agreement in principle. The editors will review the present chapters,
decide what additional chapters are needed (and whether some should
be removed, although this is unlikely). Following this review, the
editors will, where appropriate, invite (mostly the same) authors
to revise chapters and commission new material as needed. It may be
noted that many of the authors were associated with or were members
of the IUPAC Commission on Toxicology and we should look for the same
relationship to the new IUPAC
Division VII Subcommittee on Toxicology.
Toxicology is an increasingly important aspect of chemistry but frequently
neglected. It is often not included in the chemistry curriculum and
this text is designed and written to fill that gap. Toxicology is
perceived by the public as part of the role of the chemist, but the
chemist is not usually trained to cope with this public expectation.
The project will be most effective if carried out in collaboration
with the Committee on Chemistry
The revised textbook will complement the editors presentations on
Toxicology' which are now available as an educational resource
on the IUPAC web site. It is likely that the revised text can provide
a basis from which additional presentations can be prepared to add
to those already available on the website.
March 2005 - The editing of the texts for the second edition
is proceeding and the complete edited version will be delivered to
the Royal Society of Chemistry is the spring 2005. All existing chapters
have been revised and a number of new chapters were prepared, including
chapters on pharmaceutical toxicology, toxicology in the clinical
laboratory, and pathways and behaviour of chemicals in the environment.
February 2006 - Book published by RSC
2006, ISBN 0 85404 614 3
> see book
Last Update: 19 April 2006
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