Asbestos and Other Fibrous Materials: Mineralogy, Crystal Chemistry, and Health Effects

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byH. Catherine W. Skinner, Malcolm Ross, Clifford Frondel

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This comprehensive sourcebook describes the chemical, physical, and mineralogical aspects of fibrous inorganic materials, both synthetic and naturally occurring. A general description of the fibrous state, the range of compounds that can adopt this form, and an overview of thecharacteristics unique to such materials form the backbone of the book . The authors also assess the application and use of asbestos and other fibrous materials in industry and evaluate their potential as health hazards. The information gathered here will be highly useful to medical investigatorsand legal professionals involved in environmental health.

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This comprehensive sourcebook describes the chemical, physical, and mineralogical aspects of fibrous inorganic materials, both synthetic and naturally occurring. A general description of the fibrous state, the range of compounds that can adopt this form, and an overview of thecharacteristics unique to such materials form the backbone...

H. Catherine W. Skinner is at Yale University Medical School. Malcolm Ross is at US Geological Survey.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:222 pages, 9.49 × 6.26 × 0.67 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019503967X

ISBN - 13:9780195039672

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Table of Contents

PART I: What is an Inorganic Fiber?1. Fibers and History2. Definitions of Fiber3. Nomenclature4. The Properties of Inorganic Fibers5. Classification of Inorganic Fibrous MaterialsPART II: Fibrous Minerals and Synthetic Fibers6. The Crystal Chemistry of Mineral Materials7. Silicate and Aluminosilicate Minerals that Form Fibers8. Asbestos9. Other Chain Aluminosilicates that Form Fibers10. Aluminosilicates with Sheet Structures that Form Fibers11. Isolated Tetrahedra Silicates12. Silica Minerals that are Fibrous13. Fibers of Nonsilicate Minerals14. MMVF or Glass Fibers15. Whiskers16. Carbon and Graphite FibersPART III: Health Effects of Inorganic Fibers17. Historical Highlights and Perspectives18. The Respiratory System19. The Pleura20. The Lymphatic System21. Fiber Inhalation and Health Effects22. Epidemiology of Exposure to Fibrous Materials

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"This monograph may not only be useful for occupational professionals, it's worth reading also for all those, concerned with environmental health." --Arbeitsmedizin