Carbon Monoxide Toxicity

David G. Penney

June 2, 2000 by CRC Press
Reference - 584 Pages
ISBN 9780849320651 - CAT# 2065


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  • Compares different approaches to managing CO poisoning around the world
  • Addresses the broadening awareness of chronic, non-lethal CO exposure and the health harms it can cause
  • Presents both high tech scanning approaches and neuropsychological tools in the diagnosis of damage from CO poisoning
  • Examines the setting of carbon monoxide health regulations in the environment and their success over the past several decades in the United States
  • Includes new data on CO in suicide and motor vehicle accidents around the world and recent attempts to curtail them
  • Summary

    Public interest in the health impacts of carbon monoxide (CO) has been increasing rapidly during the past decade. And rightly so: it is the most ubiquitous environmental poison. Car exhaust fumes, furnaces, gas-powered engines, home water heaters, smoke from all types of fire, and tobacco smoke all contribute to carbon monoxide intoxication - the leading cause of poisoning death in the United States. Even when it doesn't cause death, it often produces lasting, deleterious effects on the central nervous system.

    From one of the world's top CO experts, Carbon Monoxide Toxicity examines the latest basic science and clinical research from around the world. It addresses the gamut of health-related CO issues, from the history of CO studies to the hidden threat of chronic low-level exposure. The broad themes center on clinical management of various forms of CO poisoning and education of the public on the constant dangers of CO.

    Thanks to the success of CO environmental health regulations in the U.S., society is much more aware of the threat of CO poisoning. Increasing numbers of people use CO detectors in public buildings, homes, pleasure boats, and aircraft. Carbon Monoxide Toxicity meets the need for current research on the clinical management of CO poisoning.

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